Examining strategies to improve accelerometer compliance for individuals living with schizophrenia.

Paul Gorczynski, Guy Faulkner, Tony Cohn, Gary Remington

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Abstract

Objective: This study examined the feasibility and effect of 2 investigator-based and 2 participant-based strategies on accelerometer wear time in individuals living with schizophrenia in order to improve accelerometry compliance.

Method: Four adults with schizophrenia were asked to wear an accelerometer for 1 week during the baseline, intervention, and follow-up phases of a study that evaluated exercise counseling. To encourage participants to wear their accelerometers, investigators modeled proper accelerometer use, provided verbal and written instructions, and placed reminder phone calls. Participants were also given wear time logs and reminder magnets.

Results: All participants wore their accelerometers for the required amount of time during the study.

Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Researchers should use multiple techniques to help ensure compliance. Research is needed to identify the most effective combination of strategies for this population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-335
JournalPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

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