Dr Eva Barrett, Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Nursing & Midwifery NUI Galway, is Principal Investigator on a study which seeks to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a physical activity (PA) programme embedded into the daily lives of older adults living in nursing homes and to examine the preliminary effects of this on physical mobility and quality of life. The protocol for this study was published in Trials recently.
The research team consists of Eva’s mentor Professor Dympna Casey, Professor of Nursing and QUESTS Research Advisor, Professor Paddy Gillespie and Professor John Newell. A randomised controlled pilot feasibility study, including embedded qualitative and economic components will be conducted. Two randomly selected nursing homes in the West of Ireland will take part in the study – participants in one nursing home will receive a three-month PA intervention, while participants in the other nursing home will act as the control group. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be collected. The embedded qualitative component will consist of conducting semi-structured interviews with staff and participants in the intervention group to explore the feasibility and acceptability of the programme. A sub-sample of control group participants will also be interviewed to describe usual care. The findings will provide valuable information on the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention and pave the way for a future definitive RCT.