The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of pedometers to increase physical activity: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Dan Mason, Laura Lamming, Ed Wilson, Vijay S Gc, Sally Pears, Katie Morton, M Bijker, Stephen Sutton, Wendy Hardeman

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Background: Pedometers are a widely used adjunct to interventions to promote physical activity (PA). There is existing evidence of effectiveness, although many studies are observational. This review focuses on trials that isolate the effect of the pedometer.
Methods: Electronic databases were searched for trials in free-living adults that compared physical activity outcomes between a pedometer treatment group and a non-pedometer control.
Findings: 4169 unique citations were retrieved, of which 238 were retained for EHPS 2012 abstracts 85 full-text screening. Data will be extracted on the details of the intervention, resource use, participants and PA outcomes. PA outcomes will be pooled by random effects meta-analysis.
Discussion: A stratified analysis will establish the pooled effect size associated with designs that to a greater or lesser extent isolate the effect of the pedometer. A cost-effectiveness analysis will also be presented. The results will inform the development of interventions that impact public health by encouraging physical activity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-86
Number of pages2
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue numberSuppl 1
Early online date1 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event26th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society: “Resiliance and Health” - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 21 Aug 201225 Aug 2012
Conference number: 26

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