Perceived versus actual factors associated with adoption and maintenance of an evidence-based physical activity program

Cheryl Der Ananian, Pankaja Desai, Renae Smith-Ray, Rachel B. Seymour, Susan L. Hughes

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Abstract

The public health burden of arthritis requires the dissemination of evidence-based physical activity (PA) programs for arthritis. This study examined perceived vs. actual factors related to the adoption and maintenance of PA programs and Fit and Strong! Six focus groups (n = 46) were conducted in two states with potential Fit and Strong! providers. Key informant interviews (n = 18) were conducted with actual Fit and Strong! providers. Participant interest was a primary motivator for PA program adoption in both focus groups and key informant interviews. Fit and Strong's evidence base was a motivator for adoption among focus group participants. The primary perceived barrier to adopting Fit and Strong! among focus group participants was cost/resource limitations compared to scheduling among key informants. Evidence-based programs need to craft different messages to deal with barriers perceived and experienced by providers engaged in specific stages of the translation process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-217
Number of pages9
JournalTranslational behavioral medicine
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Arthritis
  • Dissemination
  • Older adults
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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