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JFSF Vol 3, No 3, September 2018, p.132-137

doi: 10.22540/JFSF-03-132


Research protocol - Ongoing Trial

A co-created intervention with care home residents and university students following a service-learning methodology to reduce sedentary behaviour: The GET READY project protocol

Maria Giné-Garriga1,2, Marlene Sandlund3, Philippa M. Dall1, Sebastien F.M. Chastin1,4, Susana Pérez2, Dawn A. Skelton1

  1. School of Health and Life Sciences. Glasgow Caledonian University. Glasgow, United Kingdom
  2. Department of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences (FPCEE) Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University. Barcelona, Spain
  3. Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Umeå University. Umeå, Sweden
  4. Department of Movement and Sport Science, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Keywords: Co-creation, Care home residents, Physical activity, Sedentary behaviour, Service-learning methodology


Background: There is a growing demand for long-term care settings. Care-home residents are a vulnerable group with high levels of physical dependency and cognitive impairment. Long-term care facilities need to adapt and offer more effective and sustainable interventions to address older residents’ complex physical and mental health needs. Despite the increasing emphasis on patient and public involvement, marginalised groups such as care-home residents, can be overlooked when including people in the research process. The GET READY project aims to integrate servicelearning methodology into Physical Therapy and Sport Sciences University degrees by offering students individual service opportunities with residential care homes, in order to co-create the best suited intervention with researchers, older adults of both genders (end-users) in care homes, health professionals, caregivers, relatives and policy makers. Methods: Stage 1 will integrate a service-learning methodology within a Physical Therapy module in Glasgow and Sport Sciences module in Barcelona, design two workshops for care home residents and one workshop for staff members, relatives and policy makers and conduct a co-creation procedure. Stage 2 will assess the feasibility, safety and preliminary effects of the co-created intervention in a group of 60 care home residents, within a two-armed pragmatic randomized clinical trial. Identifier: NCT03505385.