Research Impact: The effectiveness of physical activity interventions to develop long term sustainable physical activity practice for patients with chronic disease remains questionable in the literature. The present study protocol describes the use of mixed methods to compare two physical activity resumption programs : a hospital-based and a community-based program. The follow up of patients during a year, combining the use of quantitative data to evaluate physical activity, life quality and enjoyment in physical activity is crossed with qualitative data collection on broader determinants of physical activity behaviors, including psychological, environmental, political factors, as well as intervention mechanisms. The expected results offer an opportunity to understand how the intervention context contributes to a more effective, sustainable physical activity practice.
Riquier, O., Vuillemin, A., & Van Hoye, A. (2022). PERSISTE: a mixed methods protocol to identify barriers and levers to a sustainable physical activity practice among patients with chronic disease after physical activity resumption programs. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 8(1), e001261. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2021-001261