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Trial registered on ANZCTR


Registration number
ACTRN12614000488606
Ethics application status
Approved
Date submitted
30/04/2014
Date registered
9/05/2014
Date last updated
9/05/2014
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
The Active-Team Program - a social networking physical activity intervention for inactive adults delivered via a Facebook application.
Scientific title
An online social networking physical activity intervention for inactive adults delivered via a Facebook application: an RCT.
Secondary ID [1] 284509 0
None
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Physical inactivity 291770 0
Condition category
Condition code
Public Health 292128 292128 0 0
Epidemiology

Intervention/exposure
Study type
Interventional
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
50-day team-based social-network-based physical activity intervention. Delivered via a Facebook application and iPhone counterpart, the “Active-Team” application, or “A-Team” for short, ultimately aims to improve the health and well-being of the South Australian community. Facebook users will use the “A-Team” app to invite 3-7 friends from their existing Facebook friend network to join their team. Participants will receive a pedometer, and be encouraged to take 10,000 steps per day for the 50 day challenge. The A-Team apps will provide daily humorous tips for physical activity, and allows participants to log their daily steps, see their team’s tally board, send virtual gifts, unlock virtual awards and communicate via a wall.
Intervention code [1] 289269 0
Behaviour
Comparator / control treatment
No treatment
Control group
Active

Outcomes
Primary outcome [1] 292008 0
Self-reported physical activity assessed by a daily exercise log of number of steps as measured by pedometer
Timepoint [1] 292008 0
8-weeks
Secondary outcome [1] 307988 0
Quality of life and social support assessed by the AQoL-6D.
Timepoint [1] 307988 0
8-weeks
Secondary outcome [2] 307999 0
Quality of life and social support assessed by the Physical Activity Social Support Scale.
Timepoint [2] 307999 0
20 weeks

Eligibility
Key inclusion criteria
Facebook user, physically inactive (participant self nominates as undertaking less than 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity in the past month).
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
65 Years
Gender
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Yes
Key exclusion criteria
Medical condition preventing increase in activity levels.

Study design
Purpose of the study
Prevention
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Open (masking not used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?



Intervention assignment
Other design features
Phase
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment
Recruitment status
Active, not recruiting
Date of first participant enrolment
Anticipated
Actual
Date of last participant enrolment
Anticipated
Actual
Date of last data collection
Anticipated
Actual
Sample size
Target
Accrual to date
Final
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
ACT,NSW,NT,QLD,SA,TAS,WA,VIC

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 289153 0
Government body
Name [1] 289153 0
Catalyst Research Grant, Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology
Address [1] 289153 0
Level 4, 11 Waymouth Street
Adelaide
South Australia, 5000
Country [1] 289153 0
Australia
Primary sponsor type
University
Name
University of South Australia
Address

GPO Box 2471
Adelaide
South Australia, 5001
Country
Australia
Secondary sponsor category [1] 287818 0
None
Name [1] 287818 0
Address [1] 287818 0
Country [1] 287818 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Approved
Ethics committee name [1] 290925 0
University of South Australia Human Research Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 290925 0
Research and Innovation Services
Mawson Lakes Campus
University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, SA, 5001
Ethics committee country [1] 290925 0
Australia
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 290925 0
15/05/2013
Approval date [1] 290925 0
17/06/2013
Ethics approval number [1] 290925 0

Summary
Brief summary
Online social-networking has tremendous reach and high engagement - innovative research is needed to harness this for public health gain. We aim to develop and evaluate a 50-day team-based social-network-based physical activity intervention. Delivered via a Facebook application and iPhone counterpart, the “Active-Team” application, or “A-Team” for short, ultimately aims to improve the health and well-being of the South Australian community.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Contacts
Principal investigator
Name 48014 0
Dr Carol Maher
Address 48014 0
University of South Australia
School of Health Sciences
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide
SA, 5001
Country 48014 0
Australia
Phone 48014 0
+61 8 8302 2315
Fax 48014 0
Email 48014 0
carol.maher@unisa.edu.au
Contact person for public queries
Name 48015 0
Dr Carol Maher
Address 48015 0
University of South Australia
School of Health Sciences
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide
SA, 5001
Country 48015 0
Australia
Phone 48015 0
+61 8 8302 2315
Fax 48015 0
Email 48015 0
carol.maher@unisa.edu.au
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 48016 0
Dr Carol Maher
Address 48016 0
University of South Australia
School of Health Sciences
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide
SA, 5001
Country 48016 0
Australia
Phone 48016 0
+61 8 8302 2315
Fax 48016 0
Email 48016 0
carol.maher@unisa.edu.au

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Summary results
Have study results been published in a peer-reviewed journal?
Other publications
Have study results been made publicly available in another format?
Results – basic reporting
Results – plain English summary