The Active Ageing Pathway Evaluation

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The Active Ageing Pathway Evaluation seeks to explore the mechanisms by which a novel physical activity pathway influences participation levels and physical activity behaviour change in inactive older adults in Dorset.

Who is involved in the project?

The Active Ageing Pathway Evaluation is a collaborative project between the Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU) and Active Dorset, and is funded by Sport England.

What is the aim of the project?

The Active Ageing Pathway was designed by Active Dorset to help reduce the number of inactive older adults in Dorset, through removing the numerous barriers to physical activity participation, and bringing together the various services that Dorset residents already have access to, into one streamlined system. The goal of the pathway is to make it more straightforward, achievable and sustainable to start and then maintain an active lifestyle. (More information on the Active Ageing Pathway can be found here).

A trial implementation of the Active Ageing Pathway will run in Dorset between March 2018 and February 2021, and the objective of the Active Ageing Pathway Evaluation project, and the work to be carried out by the BUCRU research team, is therefore to explore the mechanisms by which the Active Ageing Pathway might influence participation levels and physical activity behaviour change.

What research approach will the project take?

Qualitative research will be carried out by the BUCRU research team to achieve the above objective, in the form of interviews and questionnaires with individuals that pass through the Active Ageing Pathway, at different stages of their ‘pathway journey’. Secondary research activities will include a scoping review of the literature around the barriers and facilitators of physical activity participation in older adults, and patient and public involvement (PPI) consultation, both of which will aid the development of research protocols.

What are the time-lines of the project?

The Active Ageing Pathway Evaluation commenced in November 2018, and will conclude in April 2021.

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