|PROJECT TITLE||BRITISH LUNG FOUNDATION ACTIVE STEPS EVALUATION|
|Funding body||British Lung Foundation|
|Overarching aim||We aim to undertake a formative process and impact evaluation of Active Steps, a physical activity telephone intervention for inactive people with chronic lung disease funded by Sport England and delivered by the British Lung Foundation.
Active Steps uses the BLF helpline as a platform to engage inactive people living with lung conditions to become and stay active. The BLF team delivers very brief advice (VBA) to patients on physical activity when they raise concerns that could be alleviated by being active. If patients require support to become active, they will be referred into a newly developed health coaching service within our helpline and supported over 12 months to become and stay active. It is anticipated that 2,000 people will receive VBA , and at least 200 of these individuals will be supported through the health coaching service.
|Objectives||The evaluation objectives are to:
|Methods||Mixed methods study including:
i Impact evaluation including quantitative data collected from beneficiaries of the helpline and an independent control arm.
ii Process evaluation on the feasibility, acceptability, practicability of the helpline to both beneficiaries and the BLF.
iii Economic evaluation of the telephone health coaching service.
|Outcomes||The key outcome is to evaluate the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, scalability and transferability of the Active Steps intervention.|
|Outputs||Peer reviewed publications and conference presentations.|
|Impact||If Active Steps is shown to be effective and cost-effective patients with COPD and other chronic lung conditions will benefit from the positive effects of increased physical activity.|