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Type: Published Manuscript
Title: Preliminary findings describing participant experience with ISTEP, an MHealth intervention to increase physical activity and improve neurocognitive function in people living with HIV.
Authors: Henry BL, Moore DJ
Year: 2016
Publication: The Journal of The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC
Volume: 27 Issue: 4 Pages: 495-511
Abstract:We assessed the feasibility and acceptability of using text messages to monitor and encourage physical activity in the first 21 participants enrolled in an ongoing randomized controlled trial evaluating a 16-week Short Message Service/Multimedia Message Service (SMS/MMS) intervention (iSTEP) designed to increase moderate physical activity and improve neurocognition in persons with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND; iSTEP, n = 11; control group, n = 10). Data were collected during the intervention and from interviews conducted at the 16-week postintervention visits. Text message response rates for both iSTEP and control participants were high (89% and 85%, respectively). Pedometer self-monitoring, step count goals, and milestone achievement texts were reported to facilitate physical activity. All iSTEP participants (100%) and 70% of control participants indicated that they would recommend the study to other people living with HIV. The results indicate that it is feasible to administer an SMS/MMS physical activity intervention to persons with HAND.

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