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The DoMore study

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The DoMore study aims to develop a digital intervention to help young people with long-term disabilities, who are unable to walk, spend less time being sedentary. The intervention will be co-designed, by working in partnership with young people, their families, professionals and experts. They will participate in a series of online workshops involving anonymous web-based conversations, using a technique called crowdsourcing. There will also be face to face focus groups.  

Being sedentary means sitting or lying down whilst awake, and not using much energy. Evidence suggests long periods of sedentary time can increase the risk of poor health, for example obesity, heart disease and type II diabetes. Reducing and breaking up sedentary time can help to prevent poor health. Research shows that children with disabilities spend more time being sedentary than children who don’t have a disability.

Currently, there are no evidence-based interventions to help young people with disabilities to reduce their sedentary time. This intervention will be the first of its kind. 

A small group of young people aged 12-25 will test the intervention. They will wear sensors that record their body movements, providing them with feedback about how much they are moving and how often.

The intervention will be based on theories of motivation and include behaviour change techniques to support the young people to move more during their daily routines. 

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Marilyn Bradbury, Chief Investigator said: “The DoMore study got off to a strong start at our launch event. It was wonderful to bring together those who worked on the application and will work on the project, including NHS staff from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, service users, academics and industry experts.

"It was such a positive, enjoyable afternoon. We’re going to make a great team. For anyone interested in signing up please follow the link below to our new website."

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The Do More team at the project launch.

The team includes: Marilyn Bradbury, Dr Christine Burt and Priti Parmar, from the Research and Innovation at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, service users (including Nathan Giles), Professor Joan Duda, Dr Sue Neilson, Dr Sally Fenton and Dr Elizabeth Croot (from the School of Sport and Exercise at the University of Birmingham and the University of Sheffield), industry experts Clever Together, who will host the crowdsourcing platforms and Dignio, who will build the software that will be incorporated within the intervention. The study is funded by the National Institute of Health Research and the charity, Sport Inspired.

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