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MEASUREMENT OF CONTEXT OF SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR:  FEASIBILITY STUDY IN USING COUPLED ACTIVITY MONITOR AND BODY WORN CAMERA

Presently, cross sectional evidence exist regarding time spend in Sedentary Behaviour (SB) by older adults (OA), but little is known about the actual context of this behaviour.  Knowing the context of the behaviour is crucial if we are to develop appropriate and successful outcomes. Time lapse body worn cameras offer the opportunity to define context of the behaviour.

I presented the findings of my small scale feasibility study on the use of ActivPAL activity monitors and Vicon Revue camera to define the context of SB on Thur 16th August at the WCAA 2012. The aim of the study was to determine the feasibility of older adults wearing a camera and activity monitor to allow us to define the context of SB. I wanted to know how both the researchers and the participant would get on with using the equipment, the idea being this would inform the design of a larger scale project.

We recruited 6 volunteers from the Glasgow Caledonian University Older Adult Database to take part in the study.  The study took place over 7 days. I kept a diary and completed a post study interview with each of the participants.  I followed this up with thematic analysis.

The use of body worn cameras and activity monitoring should allow us to have a better understanding of the context of SB in OA.   OA’s generally found the equipment to be acceptable to wear and did not interfere with privacy, safety or change behaviour.   However, they did have some problems with the actual functioning of the camera and there are reliability issues with the Vicon Revue camera.  I hope to publish my findings soon……

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