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Pedometer-driven walking for chronic low back pain: A feasibility randomized controlled trial

McDonough, SM, Tully, MA, Boyd, Adele, O' Connor, SR, Kerr, Daniel Paul, O'Neill, Siobhan, Delitto, A, Bradbury, I, Tudo-Locke, c, Baxter, GD and Hurley, DA (2013) Pedometer-driven walking for chronic low back pain: A feasibility randomized controlled trial. Clinical Journal of Pain, in pre . [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31827f9d81


Abstract:Objectives: To evaluate the feasibility of an RCT of a pedometer-driven walking program and education/advice to remain active compared with education/advice only for treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP).Methods: Fifty-seven participants with CLBP recruited from primary care were randomly allocated to either: (1) education/advice (E, n=17) or (2) education/advice plus an 8-week pedometer-driven walking program (EWP, n=40). Step targets, actual daily step counts, and adverse events were recorded in a walking diary over the 8 weeks of intervention for the EWP group only. All other outcomes (eg, functional disability using the Oswestry Disability Questionnaire (ODQ), pain scores, physical activity (PA) measurement etc.) were recorded at baseline, week 9 (immediately post-intervention), and 6 months in both groups.Results: The recruitment rate was 22% and the dropout rate was lower than anticipated (13% to 18% at 6 mo). Adherence with the EWP was high, 93% (n=37/40) walked for >=6 weeks, and increased their steps/day [mean absolute increase in steps/d, 2776, 95% confidence interval (CI), 1996-3557] by 59% (95% CI, 40.73%-76.25%) from baseline. Mean percentage adherence with weekly step targets was 70% (95% CI, 62%-77%). Eight (20%) minor-related adverse events were observed in 13% (5/40) of the participants. The EWP group participants demonstrated an 8.2% point improvement [95% CI, -13 to -3.4] on the ODQ at 6 months compared with 1.6% points [95% CI, -9.3 to 6.1) for the E group (between group d=0.44). There was also a larger mean improvement in pain (d=0.4) and a larger increase in PA (d=0.59) at 6 months in EWP.Discussion: This preliminary study demonstrated that a main RCT is feasible. EWP was safe and produced a real increase in walking; CLBP function and pain improved, and participants perceived a greater improvement in their PA levels. These improvements require confirmation in a fully powered RCT.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Psychology Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
ID Code:25946
Deposited By: Dr Daniel Kerr
Deposited On:07 May 2013 09:19
Last Modified:23 May 2017 15:27

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