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Research Article Open Access
Given the paucity of qualitative research into the perceptions of inactive people, we sought to identify the issues associated with the benefits of a Physical Activity Promotion Programme (PAPP) and the perceptions of risks in 100 inactive people in primary healthcare centres in Torremolinos, Spain. Method: this randomised controlled clinical trial with concealed allocation and assessor blinding was supplemented by in-depth interviews with inactive people. Participants received either a PAPP which lasted 60 minutes, twice per week for three months which had been developed for progressive intensity in the Sports Centre in Torremolinos (n=50), or health education in primary healthcare centres (n=50). The primary outcome was quality of life, which was measured with the EuroQoL-5D self-report (EQ- 5D). Secondary outcomes included general health status, as measured by the SF-12 self-report in inactive people. Detailed field notes were analysed using interpretive phenomenological analysis. Results: The men in the experimental group improved their EQ-5D score to 0.73 (p=0.05). The quantitative data showed statistically significant improvements in the generic health status of men after the intervention. A total of 10 semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted with inactive people. Conclusions: There were no differences in the impact on the quality of life between the groups. In contrast, a total of 10 semi-structured in-depth interviews suggested important changes in beliefs about quality of life and risk factors for health. This study provides evidence for a PAPP as a mode of exercise training in inactive people.
Physical inactivity, patient views, quality of life, qualitative research, Advanced concepts in primary care, Quality in Primary Care, Comprehensive primary care, Innovative primary care