Condition category
Signs and Symptoms
Date applied
06/09/2010
Date assigned
21/10/2010
Last edited
30/06/2014
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Taina Rantanen

ORCID ID

Contact details

PO Box 35
Jyvaskyla
40014
Finland

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Volunteering, access to Outdoor activities and Wellbeing in older people: a randomised single blinded controlled trial with an intervention group and a waiting list control group

Acronym

VOW

Study hypothesis

Improved access to outdoor activities will improve quality of life and wellbeing of people with severe mobility limitation who are unable to leave their apartment on their own.

Ethics approval

Ethical Committee of Central Finland Hospital District, 22/09/2008

Study design

Randomised single blind controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Mobility limitation, participation restriction

Intervention

Intervention group:
Outdoor physical activity; each experiemental group member will be assigned a trained volunteer worker who will assist the participant in participating in recreational out of home activities once a week for three months. This intervention requires recruitment, training and mentoring of volunteers. Volunteers are older retired people.

Control group:
3-month waiting list control group.

Total duration of intervention is 3 months.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Social and environmental domains of QoL, measured with World Health Organization Quality of Life-brief version (WHOQOL-BREF) assessed at the end of the three month intervention

Secondary outcome measures

Assessed at the end of the three month intervention:
1. Loneliness and perceived social support (Social Provision Scale)
2. Depressiveness (Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale [CES-D])
3. Life satisfaction (Life Satisfaction Index Z)
4. Mobility limitation and physiological impairment (validated at-home tests and self-report methods)
5. Self-perceptions of health and functional abilities, motives for and barriers to physical activity, level of physical activity, social relationships and networks and other relevant life-style and health dimensions (validated questionnaires)

Overall trial start date

01/01/2009

Overall trial end date

31/12/2011

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Older community living people
2. Severe mobility limitation with difficulty in accessing the outdoors
3. Recruited through the municipal home services of the city of Jyväskylä (also, in some cases family members contact for recruitment)
4. Aged 70+ years, either sex
5. Consent to participate
6. Sufficient cognitive capacity to participate in the study

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Senior

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

120

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Severe memory loss
2. Completely unable to walk

Recruitment start date

01/01/2009

Recruitment end date

31/12/2011

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Finland

Trial participating centre

PO Box 35
Jyvaskyla
40014
Finland

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of Jyvaskylä (Finland)

Sponsor details

PO Box 35
Jyväskyla
40014
Finland

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

https://www.jyu.fi/

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

Finland's Slot Machine Association (Finland)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education (Finland)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2014 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927225
2014 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24952472

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Rantakokko M, Pakkala I, Ayräväinen I, Rantanen T, The effect of out-of-home activity intervention delivered by volunteers on depressive symptoms among older people with severe mobility limitations: a randomized controlled trial., Aging Ment Health, 2014, 1-8, doi: 10.1080/13607863.2014.924092.

  2. Results

    Rantanen T, Ayräväinen I, Eronen J, Lyyra T, Törmäkangas T, Vaarama M, Rantakokko M, The effect of an outdoor activities' intervention delivered by older volunteers on the quality of life of older people with severe mobility limitations: a randomized controlled trial., Aging Clin Exp Res, 2014, doi: 10.1007/s40520-014-0254-7.

Additional files

Editorial Notes