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SITless: Exercise Referral Schemes enhanced by Self-Management Strategies to battle sedentary behaviour

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Project "SITless" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 4˙547˙560 €
 EC max contribution 4˙547˙560 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.1.3. (Treating and managing disease)
 Code Call H2020-PHC-2014-two-stage
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2020-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    UNIVERSITAET ULM DE (ULM) participant 846˙130.00
3    SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET DK (ODENSE M) participant 802˙918.00
4    FUNDACION BLANQUERNA ES (BARCELONA) participant 742˙423.00
5    THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST UK (BELFAST) participant 716˙782.00
6    UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER UK (COLERAINE) participant 237˙077.00
8    UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW UK (GLASGOW) participant 179˙450.00


 Project objective

The increase of the elderly population leads to increased prevalence of frailty, risk for poor health outcomes, and related health and social care costs. Lack of physical activity (PA) and established sedentary behaviours (SB) constitute an additional burden, as they are related to progression of chronic disease and disabling conditions. An existing initiative to battle SB and insufficient PA levels are exercise referral schemes (ERS) implemented in primary care, where insufficiently active individuals are referred to a third party service (sports centre or leisure facility) that prescribes and monitors an exercise programme tailored to the patients’ needs. ERS had shown improvements in PA in the short-term, but may have limited power to change SB and produce long-term effects. Thus, ERS might be enhanced by self-management strategies (SMS) to promote behavioural change. Such strategies based on social cognitive theory have been shown to increase self-confidence, power to act, and involvement in exercise. In a first stage, a systematic review, focus groups and a feasibility study will be conducted. Then, a three-armed pragmatic randomized controlled trial (RCT) will assess the long-term effectiveness of a complex intervention on sedentary behaviour (SB) in an elderly population, based on existing ERS enhanced by self-management strategies (SMS). It will be compared to ERS alone and to general recommendations. The RCT will include 1138 subjects and will have a follow up of 18 months. The effect on SB will be measured as activity daily counts per minute and physical function. Secondary outcomes will include: healthcare use and costs, self-rated health and quality of life, mortality, morbidity, disability, institutionalization, mental health, social capital, sarcopenia and safety parameters. SITless will assess policy makers in deciding how or whether ERS should be further implemented or restructured in order to increase its adherence, efficacy and cost-effectiveness.


List of deliverables.
Project website online and scientific dissemination plan Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-26 16:40:33

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SITless deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Katharina Wirth, Jochen Klenk, Simone Brefka, Dhayana Dallmeier, Kathrin Faehling, Marta Roqué i Figuls, Mark A. Tully, Maria Giné-Garriga, Paolo Caserotti, Antoni Salvà, Dietrich Rothenbacher, Michael Denkinger, Brendon Stubbs
Biomarkers associated with sedentary behaviour in older adults: A systematic review
published pages: 87-111, ISSN: 1568-1637, DOI: 10.1016/j.arr.2016.12.002
Ageing Research Reviews 35 2020-02-26
2017 Maria Giné-Garriga, Laura Coll-Planas, Míriam Guerra, Àlex Domingo, Marta Roqué, Paolo Caserotti, Michael Denkinger, Dietrich Rothenbacher, Mark A. Tully, Frank Kee, Emma McIntosh, Carme Martín-Borràs, Guillermo R. Oviedo, Javier Jerez-Roig, Marta Santiago, Oriol Sansano, Guillermo Varela, Mathias Skjødt, Katharina Wirth, Dhayana Dallmeier, Jochen Klenk, Jason J. Wilson, Nicole E. Blackburn, Manuela Deidda, Guillaume Lefebvre, Denise González, Antoni Salvà
The SITLESS project: exercise referral schemes enhanced by self-management strategies to battle sedentary behaviour in older adults: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial
published pages: , ISSN: 1745-6215, DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-1956-x
Trials 18/1 2020-02-26

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