Journal article

FitSkills: protocol for a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial of a community-based exercise programme to increase participation among young people with disability

Nora Shields, Claire Willis, Christine Imms, Luke A Prendergast, Jennifer J Watts, Ben van Dorsselaer, Georgia McKenzie, Andrea M Bruder, Nicholas F Taylor

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


INTRODUCTION: There is a need to develop relevant, acceptable initiatives that facilitate physical activity participation in young people with disability. FitSkills was developed to support young people with disability to exercise. The primary aims are to investigate if FitSkills can be scaled up from a small, university-led programme to run as a larger community-university partnership programme, and to determine its effectiveness in improving physical activity participation and health-related quality of life for young people with disability. The secondary aims are to evaluate cost-effectiveness, changes in attitudes towards disability and other health-related outcomes for young people with ..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership project number 1132579. The trial also received financial (cash contributions) and substantial in--kind support from each of our partners: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, City of Boroondara, Cerebral Palsy Support Network, Down Syndrome Victoria, Disability Sport and Recreation, YMCA Victoria and Joanne Tubb Foundation.