Proof of Concept for the FLEX Intervention: Feasibility of Home Based Coaching to Improve Physical Activity Outcomes and Viral Load Suppression among African American Youth Living with HIV

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  • FLEX is a Motivational Interviewing, home-based coaching program that concurrently targets HIV-related and physical activity goals among African American youth living with HIV in the United States. To create and pilot test FLEX, we leveraged a 2-step exploratory sequential mixed methods design informed by the ORBIT model with initial qualitative work followed by pre-post analysis of quantitative outcomes, concluding with qualitative exit surveys. Data were evaluated pre- and 3-months post-intervention. Recruitment was 90%. Participants reported high program satisfaction and program adherence (76% completion rate). Preliminary findings indicate reductions in participants’ viral loads and improvements across 4 measures of physical activity.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 19892316
  • Author List

  • Budhwani H; Bulls M; Naar S
  • Volume

  • 20