A pilot study combining Go4Life® materials with an interactive voice response system to promote physical activity in older women.

Academic Article


  • Telephone-based interactive voice response (IVR) systems could be an effective tool for promotion of physical activity among older women. To test IVR feasibility, we enrolled 30 older women in a 10-week physical activity intervention designed around National Institute on Aging (NIA) Go4Life® educational materials with IVR coaching. Participants (mean age = 76 years) significantly increased physical activity by a mean 79 ± 116 (SD) minutes/week (p < .001). Participants reported that the Go4Life® materials, pedometer, and IVR coaching (70% reported easy technology) were useful tools for change. This pilot study demonstrates IVR acceptability as an evidence-based physical activity program for older women.
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  • Go4Life®, interactive voice response, intervention, physical activity, women, Aged, Exercise, Feasibility Studies, Female, Health Promotion, Humans, Middle Aged, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Patient Education as Topic, Pilot Projects, Telemedicine, United States
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    Author List

  • Saquib J; King AC; Castro CM; Tinker LF; Sims S; Shikany JM; Bea JW; Lacroix AZ; Van Horn L; Stefanick ML
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  • 454
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  • 462
  • Volume

  • 28
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  • 5