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PhD study: Designing an intervention to increase physical activity in people with depression and long term physical health conditions

What are we doing?

The aim of this study is to develop an intervention to reduce long periods of sitting in adults living with one or more long-term physical health conditions and depression. Examples of long-term physical health conditions are diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coronary heart disease.

Why is it important?

Sitting down or lying down for long periods of time whilst a person is awake is harmful to their health. People with long-term physical health conditions and depression are likely to spend long periods of time sitting still. Being more physically active could help relieve symptoms of depression and improve physical wellbeing.


How will we do it?         

The intervention has been developed using three sources of information:

  1. A review of previous literature to examine what components of interventions have previously been associated with increases in physical activity.
  2. An interview study with people with long-term health conditions to understand what helps them and what stops them from being active., and with their family and friends to understand the importance of social support.
  3. Patient and Public Involvement work to help translate research findings into practice.


The intervention is now being tested in a feasibility study to explore its acceptability to people with long-term physical health conditions and depression.


Who we are working with?

We are working with PRIMER, Research for the Future, and various GP practices and NHS outpatient services for long-term physical health conditions.


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More information

For more information contact Isabel Adeyemi, 0161 275 7664