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Volume 48 Number 9, 2011
   Pages 1129 — 1136

Abstract —  Increasing physical activity in multiple sclerosis: Replicating Internet intervention effects using objective and self-report outcomes

Deirdre Dlugonski, BS; Robert W. Motl, PhD;* Edward McAuley, PhD

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Abstract — Our previous research indicated that an Internet intervention was effective in increasing self-reported physical activity in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS). The present study examined the efficacy of the same Internet intervention in persons with MS by using both objective and self-report measures of physical activity. Participants (N = 21) wore an accelerometer around the waist for 7 days and then completed the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire (GLTEQ) before and after receiving the 12-week Internet intervention. The Internet intervention resulted in moderate increases in accelerometer activity counts (d = 0.68) and steps counts (d = 0.60), and this was paralleled by small increases in IPAQ (d = 0.43) and GLTEQ (d = 0.34) scores. The number of weeks that persons logged on was correlated with change in accelerometer activity counts (r = 0.42) and step counts (r = 0.37) but not change in IPAQ (r = 0.10) or GLTEQ (r = 0.08) scores. The novel contribution of this study was the observation that an Internet intervention was efficacious for increasing physical activity in persons with MS by using both objective and self-report measures.

Key words: accelerometer, inactive, Internet, intervention, multiple sclerosis, objective, physical activity, process evaluation, self-report, step count, walking.


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Dlugonski D, Motl RW, McAuley E. Increasing physical activity in multiple sclerosis: Replicating Internet intervention effects using objective and self-report outcomes. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(9):1129-36.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.09.0192
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