Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
05/06/2020
Date assigned
03/07/2020
Last edited
03/07/2020
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
The project aims to investigate the effectiveness and feasibility of interventions to increase physical activity (PA) and reduce sedentary behaviour (SB) in mental health professionals and changes on their attitude towards and practices in recommending more PA and less SB to their clients.

Who can participate?
Mental health professionals aged 18–65 years

What does the study involve?
Participants will be asked to participate in a physical activity intervention of four weeks’ duration. They will be asked to attend a group-based single-session for behaviour change targeting physical activity and sedentary behaviours. The group session will include colleagues from the four headspace centres that are managed by Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. They will be asked to complete questionnaires at the beginning and end of the four-week study period. During the intervention period, a member of the research team will additionally contact participants by phone on two occasions to review participant's activity goals and monitor their progress. During the study period, participants will also be required to wear a motion sensor on their wrist. Some participants will be invited to join a focus group interview comprising of 6 to 7 participants to share their experiences with intervention.

Any information collected during the participation in the program will be accessible to the research team for research purposes. Following information which will be collected during the study period using a combination of self-report and objective measures:
1. Demographics (age, gender, postcode, educational status, work status, height, weight)
2. Sedentary behaviours and levels of physical activity
3. Sleep quality and duration
4. Attitudes towards and practices in recommending physical activity as part of routine mental health care
5. Barriers and facilitators of engaging in physical activity
6. Other health-related issues

The responses and data collected will be de-identified using randomly generated codes, so nobody, not even researchers in the project, will be able to match the responses with participant''s identity.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participation in this study will contribute to the potential development of physical activity intervention for mental health professionals and consequently will strengthen the evidence for implementation of PA and SB interventions among mental health professionals across Australia. Participants might also gain health and wellbeing benefits from increasing their engagement in PA and decreasing SB.
There are negligible risks associated with participation in this study. However, if participants feel any amount of stress related to the research project, research investigators will be available to discuss their problems.

Where is the study run from?
The study is run from the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES), Victoria University; and Victoria University Public Health Network (VUPHN). The group sessions will take place at headspace centers in Glenroy and Sunshine.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
From September 2019 to October 2019

Who is funding the study?
This study is investigator-initiated and funded

Who is the main contact?
Professor Alex Parker
alex.parker@vu.edu.au

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Mr Nipun Shrestha

ORCID ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3542-8130

Contact details

8 Armstrong Street
Sunshine
3020
Australia
+61 (0)480176154
shrestha.nipun@live.vu.edu.au

Type

Scientific

Additional contact

Prof Alexandra Parker

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2398-6306

Contact details

Institute for Health and Sport (iHeS)
Victoria University
PO Box 14428
Melbourne
8001
Australia
+61 3 9919 5874
alex.parker@vu.edu.au

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

Nil known

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Nil known

Protocol/serial number

HRE18-123

Study information

Scientific title

Improving practices of mental health professionals in recommending more physical activity and less sedentary behaviour to their clients: findings from a mixed-methods intervention trial

Acronym

Study hypothesis

Mental health professionals would be more likely to promote more physical activity (PA) and less sedentary behaviour (SB) to their clients if they themselves are more physically active.

Ethics approval

Approved 07/08/2018, the Victoria University Human Ethics Research Committee (Victoria University, Ballarat Rd, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3011; Australiaresearchethics@vu.edu.au; +61 3 9919 4781), ref: HRE18-123

Study design

Mixed-methods study design comprising of a four-week pre-post intervention trial and focus group discussions

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Non randomised study

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Prevention

Patient information sheet

See additional files

Condition

Attitude and practices of mental health professionals regarding recommending increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior

Intervention

Participants will be either allocated to the intervention group or the control group.

The intervention group receive an intervention of 4-week duration consisting of the following components:
1. 1 h group behaviour change meeting, delivered by a registered psychologist to discuss the benefits of increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour and various strategies that can be adopted to achieve this. Participants were also asked to set their individuals goals and design their weekly plan to achieve their desired levels of physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour. A printed and online version of the information booklet containing 24 such strategies will be provided during the behaviour change meeting.
2. Weekly reminder emails/text messages or telephone calls.

Control group participants was advised to maintain their usual day-to-day activity and, at the end of the 4-week study period and assessment, receive a group counselling session on the benefits of increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.

Some participants will be invited to join a focus group interview comprising of 6 to 7 participants to share their experiences with intervention.

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

Attitude and practices of mental health professionals regarding recommending increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior assessed using a set of items from the Exercise in Mental Illness Questionnaire - Health Professional version at baseline and 4 weeks

Secondary outcome measures

Physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep duration assessed using the GeneActiv accelerometer at baseline and 4 weeks

Overall trial start date

01/09/2019

Overall trial end date

31/10/2019

Reason abandoned (if study stopped)

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Mental health professional aged 18–65 years
2. Ambulatory

Participant type

Health professional

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

20 participants

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Pregnant
2. Not engaged in clinical duties

Recruitment start date

01/09/2019

Recruitment end date

15/09/2019

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Australia

Trial participating centre

Headspace center Glenroy
2A, Hartington Street Glenroy
Melbourne
3046
Australia

Trial participating centre

Headspace center Sunshine
Visy Cares Hub 80b Harvester Road
Melbourne
3020
Australia

Sponsor information

Organisation

Victoria University

Sponsor details

Institute for Health and Sport (IHES) and Victoria University Public Health Network (VUPHN)
Ballarat Rd
Footscray
Melbourne
3011
Australia
+61399196100
ihes@vu.edu.au

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

https://www.vu.edu.au/?gclid=CjwKCAjwt-L2BRA_EiwAacX32dQrnFj9bhXQyQjKTEM76pyDCTc5AfUKUVvw4q1-8AjN1zzjisK4JhoCX24QAvD_BwE

Funders

Funder type

Other

Funder name

Investigators initiated and funded

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Findings from this study will be used in series of publication

IPD sharing statement:
The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study will be stored in a non-publically available repository (Victoria University Research Repository, http://vuir.vu.edu.au).

Intention to publish date

30/10/2020

Participant level data

Stored in repository

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

03/07/2020: Uploaded participant information sheet as an additional file. 25/06/2020: Trial’s existence confirmed by Victoria University Human Ethics Research Committee.