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Steps ahead: optimising physical activity and health in people with cystic fibrosis: study protocol for a pilot randomised trial
journal contributionposted on 23.11.2020, 23:39 by Maire Curran, Audrey Tierney, Louise Collins, Lauren Kennedy, Ciara McDonnell, Andrew J Jurascheck, Ali Sheikhi, Cathal Walsh, Brenda Button, Rose Galvin, Brian Casserly, Roisin Cahalan
Background: Physical activity (PA) and exercise are widely documented as key components in the management of cystic fibrosis (CF). In recent years there have been significant improvements in telehealth, in particular; fitness tracking, smartphone use and remote monitoring, all of which may have potential to impact on positive health outcomes in people with CF. The objective of this pilot randomised trial is to explore the potential efficacy of a fitness tracker, which is remotely monitored, combined with personalised text message feedback and goal setting, on lung function, aerobic capacity and PA in adults with CF. Secondary endpoints include quality of life, body composition and wellbeing. Methods: This is a pilot randomised trial which will be conducted at the University Hospital Limerick, Ireland. Participants will be randomised to the intervention or active comparator after their baseline assessment. The 12-week intervention will consist of a fitness tracker (Fitbit Charge 2) which is linked to an online monitoring system (Fitabase) for data collection purposes that enables the physiotherapist to remotely monitor participant data. The CF physiotherapist will set short- and long-term goals with participants and will send one-way text message feedback on Fitbit data and weekly progress. This message will consist of positive reinforcement and re-assess participant goals. The active comparator group will receive a fitness tracker which is also linked to Fitabase; however, no feedback will be provided to participants in this group. Both groups will be re-assessed at 12 weeks. After this point, both groups will continue with the Fitbit alone for a further 12 weeks. Both groups will be re-assessed at 24 weeks. Discussion: This is a novel concept which utilises modern technology, remote monitoring and personalised feedback to investigate the effect on health outcomes in people with CF. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03672058 (14/09/2018)