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MOTH Project 1: Maintaining physical activity through the use of digital tools for people with a long-term condition/s (LTCs): A scoping review.

Team members: Dr Paul Clarkson, Prof Suzanne McDonough, Prof Maria Stokes, Prof Jo Adams, Mr Paul Muckelt, Dr Chloe Grimmett, Prof Carol Clark (Bournemouth University), Dr Zoe Saynor (University of Portsmouth), Dr Katherine Cook (University of Winchester), Dr Aoife Stephenson, Dr Philip O’Gorman (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland).

Start: October 2019 Ends: March 2021

Project Partners:  Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Winchester, Bournemouth University, University of Portsmouth

Lay summary: This scoping review aims to identify existing digital tools that have been developed to support people with LTCs to stay active in the longer term. Searches were conducted in a wide range of databases to identify all types of studies from all regions of the world, over a ten-year period. The most prevalent LTCs were included based on UK General Practice figures, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoarthritis and obesity. A broad range of digital tools were included, such as websites, wearables, mobile applications, telehealth and gaming platforms. Maintenance was defined as measuring physical activity at least 3-months after using the digital tool. The team selected studies based on these criteria and recorded the information from each study to map and identify the components of the available digital tools. The review has been completed and is in the process of being written up for publication. An abstract has been submitted to present the findings at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 2021. The findings will support the MOTH programme team and others to co-develop digital and non-digital tools for physical activity using the best available evidence alongside people with LTCs.