The Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme (PAL)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Prof Frank Kee, Queen's University, Belfast
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01575262
First received: April 10, 2012
Last updated: NA
Last verified: April 2012
History: No changes posted
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of using incentives to encourage adults to be physically active.


Condition Intervention Phase
Health Behavior
Physical Activity
Behavioral: Non-cash incentives
Behavioral: Self-monitoring physical activity levels
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: The Physical Activity Loyalty Card Scheme: A Randomised Controlled Trial to Encourage Physical Activity

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Further study details as provided by Queen's University, Belfast:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical activity [ Time Frame: baseline, week 12 and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    change in moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA)measured using the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ); MVPA using an objective physical activity measure (physical activity tracking system)


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • SF-8 [ Time Frame: baseline, week 12 and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    health

  • Euroqol 5D [ Time Frame: baseline, week 12 and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Quality of life

  • Physical Activity Self-Efficacy Scale [ Time Frame: baseline, week 12 and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Physical activity self-efficacy

  • Work absenteeism [ Time Frame: baseline, week 12 and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Number of sick days from work

  • Exit questionnaire [ Time Frame: week 12 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Participant satisfaction with study involvement


Enrollment: 406
Study Start Date: March 2011
Study Completion Date: October 2011
Primary Completion Date: July 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Incentive
Participants use their PAL card to self-monitor physical activity levels (intrinsic motivation) and minutes of physical activity were converted to points (1 minute of physical activity = 1 point; capped at 30 points per day) over the 12-week intervention period. Points are redeemed for rewards (extrinsic motivation) at week 6 and week 12.
Behavioral: Non-cash incentives
Participants used their PAL card to self-monitor physical activity levels (intrinsic motivation) and minutes of physical activity were converted to points (1 minute of PA = 1 point; capped at 30 points per day) over the 12-week intervention period. Points were redeemed for rewards (extrinsic motivation) at week 6 and week 12.
Active Comparator: No Incentive
Participants used their PAL card to self-monitor their physical activity levels (intrinsic motivation) over the 12-week intervention period but do not collect points or earn rewards.
Behavioral: Self-monitoring physical activity levels
For those in the 'No Incentive' arm, participants used their PAL card to self-monitor their physical activity levels but did not collect points or earn rewards.

Detailed Description:

The investigators developed the Physical Activity Loyalty Card (PAL) Scheme which integrates a novel physical activity tracking system with web-based monitoring and nudge initiatives. The tracking system used Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology and a "loyalty card" (PAL Card) which contained a passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. Sensors were placed along footpaths in the outdoor environment, in the gym and exercise studio, and participants scanned their PAL card at the sensor when doing physical activity (e.g. walking). A transaction (card ID, sensor ID, and timestamp) was recorded and sent via SMS to a secure data centre. Participants logged onto a personal account on the study website (www.palcard.co.uk) and received real-time feedback on various aspects of their physical activity including minutes, distance and calories expended.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • males and females
  • aged 18-65 years old
  • able to complete 15 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity
  • based at least 4 days per week (and 6 hours per day) at worksite

Exclusion Criteria:

  • advised by General Practitioner not to participate in exercise
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01575262

Locations
United Kingdom
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, Antrim, United Kingdom, BT12 6BJ
Sponsors and Collaborators
Queen's University, Belfast
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Frank Kee Queen's University, Belfast
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Prof Frank Kee, Professor, Queen's University, Belfast
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01575262     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PAL-v1
Study First Received: April 10, 2012
Last Updated: April 10, 2012
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Queen's University, Belfast:
behaviour change
incentives
nudging
physical activity
self-monitoring

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