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Feasibility of the MoveMore digital intervention: reducing sedentary behaviour in non-ambulant young people with long term disabilities.

Trial Status: Closed to recruitment - in follow up
Principal Investigator: Marilyn Bradbury

Update 24/04/2023: This study is currently closed to recruitment – in setup, not in follow up.

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Being sedentary means sitting or lying down whilst awake and not using much energy. Long periods of sedentary time can lead to poor health, for example heart diseases, type II diabetes or mental health problems. Reducing and breaking up sedentary time can help to prevent poor health. Research shows that children and young people with physical disabilities spend more time being sedentary than able

bodied children. Older children, who are unable to walk, are more sedentary than other children with disabilities. There are no evidence based interventions to help young people with disabilities to reduce their sedentary time. This study will aim to test the feasibility of the Movemore app, which aims to help young people with long-term disabilities, who are unable to walk, spend less time being sedentary. Twenty people (aged 13 – 25 years) with a range of physical disabilities will test the intervention. They will be supported by adults. Each young person can have a maximum of 10 adult supporters. Participants will wear a fit bit and an accelerometer to record their body movements and heart rate. Sedentary time will be calculated from this data. Participants will test the intervention for 12 weeks. Participants will be interviewed and complete questionnaires before and after the intervention. Participants will be recruited from England. The study will be conducted remotely.


The MoveMore feasibility study (which will test the acceptability and useability of the MoveMore app), is currently in setup.

The MoveMore app was co-designed with young people who use a wheelchair and are unable to walk due to a long-term disability, their family members, professionals who work with them and experts. It aims to support young people who use a wheelchair to MoveMore in their daily routines.

We are working towards gaining ethical approval for this study at present. We will be able to recruit participants to take part when ethical approval is granted.