The ENJOY MAP for HEALTH: Train interveNtion outside proJect within the cOmmunitY for older individuals—Extra Energetic Folks for HEALTHier communities: a research protocol | BMC Public Well being

All procedures concerned on this trial will probably be performed in compliance with the Nationwide Assertion on Moral Human Analysis and the Australian Code for the Accountable Conduct of Analysis. Moral approval has been obtained from Monash College Human Analysis Ethics Committee, Melbourne Australia (Mission ID: 25499). The research was designed in line with the strengthening the reporting of observational research in epidemiology (STROBE) assertion [15].

The ENJOY MAP for HEALTH is a quasi-experimental (pure experiment) challenge involving the set up of specialized seniors train tools supported by promotion and neighborhood capability constructing actions in six municipalities in Victoria. The challenge includes 4 levels in every of the six taking part websites and is predicted to be carried out in three blocks, with staggered graduation of two websites per block. Every block will contain the creation and activation of two age pleasant websites (two municipalities). Every council will endure 4 levels: web site building and growth, promotion and advertising and marketing, capability constructing and coaching, analysis and sustainability, as proven in Fig. 1.

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Mission’s levels for every web site

To handle the research goals, a number of methodologies will probably be employed all through the challenge at every web site (estimated 18 months course of inside every web site) to guage the affect of web site refurbishment and tools set up on park visitation and bodily exercise engagement and participation of older individuals. These will embody direct observations of park customers, onsite intercept surveys with park customers, on-line entry monitor platform (utilizing a web based app, ENJOY-ME-APP’), and evaluation of the bodily exercise program supplied by the taking part companions and or the respective native well being/leisure suppliers. Please check with Fig. 2 for the challenge’s timeline and actions.

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Research’s levels, actions, analysis and timeline for every web site

Research setting and companions

On this challenge six councils will probably be concerned, 5 in metropolitan Melbourne and one in regional Victoria as follows: Knox Metropolis Council (metropolitan), Banyule Metropolis Council (metropolitan), Metropolis of Ballarat (regional Victoria), Frankston Metropolis Council (metropolitan), Metropolis of Boroondara (metropolitan), and Bayside Metropolis Council (metropolitan).

The design of the challenge goals for implementation in staggered levels (in three blocks, two councils per block) the place every council has nominated to endure web site refurbishment in a particular timeline primarily based on council’s web site improve plan. Every taking part council will set up the Seniors Train Park as a part of a park/web site improve (refurbishment) within the following block allocation:

Block one: Banyule Metropolis council (Ivanhoe Park, Ivanhoe) and Metropolis of Ballarat (Mt Nice Reserve, Mt Nice).

Block two – Bayside Metropolis Council (Thomas St Reserve, Hampton) and Knox Metropolis Council (Carrington Park, Knoxfield).

Block three – Metropolis of Boroondara (Victoria Park, Kew) and Frankston Metropolis Council (Wingham Park, Frankston).

Appropriate areas have been chosen with some websites deliberate to endure improve of play area for youngsters along with the set up of the Seniors Train Park and different facilities (e.g., water fountain, shaded space, benches). As such there will probably be variation between websites across the general web site dimension, surrounding areas and facilities, and the extra play tools.

Research inhabitants


Energetic promotion in regards to the park and the general challenge will probably be communicated by means of the native councils’ numerous advertising and marketing platforms (social media, council’s web site and Fb, flyers, native e-newsletter). Potential individuals for the head to head intercept interview will probably be recruited on the web site. Details about the research will probably be offered to residents/guests through verbal communication in addition to through laborious copies of the knowledge sheet.

Inclusion standards

For the commentary information assortment, all park guests will probably be included within the information recording. For the face-to-face intercept survey, the next inclusion standards will probably be utilized: (1) older adults age 60 and over, (2) adults who’re in a position to perceive fundamental English and have conversational English.

Exclusion standards

The next exclusion standards will probably be utilized: (1) individuals who establish themselves as lower than 60 years of age and (2) who’re unable to grasp fundamental conversational English.


Verbal consent will probably be required in an effort to take part within the face-to-face intercept survey. The analysis workers will clarify the research and can search verbal settlement/consent by the participant previous to commencing the survey. A tough copy of the knowledge sheet will probably be out there and will probably be supplied to potential individuals ought to they want to learn and or preserve a duplicate.


Consequence measures

Park commentary and Seniors Train Park tools utilization

Remark of park and train tools visitation and utilization will happen previous to web site building (baseline) and at two time factors: one month after the positioning is open for public and 12 months after baseline (Fig. 2). The inclusion of two measures post-refurbishment/building permits time for residents to turn into conscious of the brand new services [16]. The 12 months analysis will happen on the similar time of the 12 months because the baseline assessments to account for potential seasonal results.

Analysis of utilization and visitations will embody periodic commentary (utilizing the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC)). The SOPARC is a dependable and possible instrument for assessing bodily exercise and related contextual information in neighborhood settings [17]. It’s primarily based on momentary time sampling strategies by which systematic and periodic scans of people and contextual elements inside pre-determined goal areas in parks are made. SOPARC was designed to acquire direct data on neighborhood park use, together with related concurrent traits of parks and their customers. It supplies an evaluation of park customers’ bodily exercise ranges, gender, exercise modes/varieties, and estimated age and ethnicity groupings. Moreover, it supplies data on particular person park exercise areas, equivalent to their ranges of accessibility, usability, supervision, and group. As this research focuses on the utilization of the Seniors Train Park, we can even acquire extra information (not included within the authentic SOPARC protocol) by coding the interplay with the outside train tools (i.e., ‘utilizing tools as supposed’ or ‘taking part in/trying/sitting’ on the tools) [18]. We can even word the variety of individuals transferring previous the tools space with out interacting with the tools. Every web site will probably be divided into focused areas to be scanned. Systematic scans will probably be performed over a 7-day interval (Monday-Sunday) with a complete of 11 scans per day as follows (22 and 55 scans for weekend and weekdays respectively): each 30 min of all park guests within the research space throughout early morning (07:00–08:30), mid-day (11:30–13:00) and late afternoon (16:00–18:30) [19].

Intercept survey with guests

Face-to-face intercept surveys (10–15 min) will probably be performed at baseline (previous to web site building) and at 12 months comply with up in the course of the periodic commentary (SOPARC). Educated, clearly identifiable analysis assistants will strategy park customers within the specified goal areas, and can clarify the research and all moral issues, and invite participation. Potential individuals will probably be approached and supplied with a verbal rationalization in regards to the research. individuals will then be requested to offer verbal settlement (consent) to take part. If there may be multiple particular person within the park, the analysis workers will intention to recruit an equal variety of women and men. The individuals will probably be eligible to finish just one intercept survey throughout every check interval.

Intercept surveys will present extra in depth details about park customers’ traits. The survey will embody a set of questions throughout numerous domains much like earlier analysis [19, 20] in addition to validated questionnaires (detailed under). The set of questions will embody socio-economic and demographic traits of park customers (e.g., age group, gender, if born in Australia, marital standing), if they’re native residents or guests, motivation to make use of the train park, how usually they go to the park, social connectedness/engagement with different individuals on the park, their basic bodily exercise stage and their leisure/recreation exercise on the park, and basic well being and properly being. The next validated questionnaires will probably be used as a part of the survey:

Self-reported bodily exercise—will probably be measured utilizing three questions from the Energetic Australia Survey (Australian Institute Of Well being And Welfare, 2003 [21]), which assessed strolling, reasonable, and vigorous exercise, plus an indicator of whole exercise. The Energetic Australia questions are legitimate and dependable and are advisable to be used in Australian population-based analysis and can present measures of time and frequency in gentle, reasonable and vigorous bodily actions [22]. The Energetic Australia questions also can present a measure as an estimate of vitality expenditure in MET-minutes per week.

Basic wellbeing will probably be assessed utilizing the five-item World Well being Group (WHO-5) Wellbeing questionnaire [23, 24]. The WHO-5 measures psychological wellbeing and depressive signs utilizing 5 easy questions. The uncooked rating will probably be calculated to acquire a share rating, which ranges from 0 representing the worst possible well-being and 100 representing the most effective possible well-being.

On the 12 months comply with up intercept surveys can even embody extra questions of park guests’ participation in neighborhood occasions and basic park attendance, perceptions of any adjustments to the park, utilization of the train park tools, and options for future enhancements to the park. Though the intercept survey will probably be accomplished anonymously, on the comply with up time level (12 months), individuals will probably be requested if they’ve accomplished it beforehand. The intercept surveys will probably be performed on the similar 7-day interval of the SOPARC systematic scans.

On-line entry monitor platform – the ‘ENJOY-ME-APP’

An revolutionary e-monitor tracker platform (on-line Progressive Net Software—(‘ENJOY-ME-APP’)) will probably be designed and developed (Curve Tomorrow, Australia) to observe the utilization and entry of the Seniors Train Park by guests at every web site. The web platform will embody a web based software incorporating particular train directions, movies, and security suggestions. Fast Response (QR) codes will probably be positioned on the academic signage and on the train tools itself at every web site. Guests will be capable of scan the QR code with their cell phone. Every QR code may have a novel identification code linked to a particular web site. Every time a QR code is getting used it will likely be registered on a secured cloud platform. Scanning the QR code from a cellular machine will direct the consumer to a url handle (much like accessing web site from a cellular machine). No private identification, or any delicate data, and or cellular numbers will probably be recorded.

Guests will be capable of entry the net platform on the web site, scan the precise QR code and entry the related video and related data. The e-monitor tracker platform will monitor general use gathering data of utilization equivalent to frequency, time and date. Design and testing of the e-monitor tracker platform will probably be performed within the first 3–6 months of the challenge.

Evaluate and audit of bodily exercise applications

Details about the sort and variety of bodily exercise applications for older individuals utilizing the Seniors Train Park will probably be offered by the council (from the Constructive Ageing workforce or equal) to the analysis workforce. There could also be totally different modes of supply and or applications that will probably be delivered by the taking part companions and/or their respective native well being/leisure suppliers. This data will probably be collected within the final stage of every web site between 15 and 18 months, see Fig. 2.

Seniors Train Park set up and web site activation

The Seniors Train Park tools set up

The Seniors Train Park tools is outside train tools particularly designed for older individuals to enhance power, stability, joint actions and mobility and performance (Fig. 3). It includes a number of tools stations that focus on particular operate or motion (higher and decrease limb) equivalent to shoulder vary of motion, static and dynamic stability, purposeful motion of strolling up/down stairs, sit to face. Councils will probably be supplied with steerage round appropriate flooring/floor (rubber floor or equal) and different security measures for set up [9, 25]. The tools is situated outside and secure to make use of by numerous age teams (Fig. 3). Our earlier a number of tasks discovered the train park to be secure for older individuals (aged 60 years and over and with elevated danger of falls) with no critical adversarial occasions [11, 12].

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The Seniors Train Park at Thomas St Reserve, Hampton. The image was taken by the lead investigator

Website activation

This challenge design and its implementation focus round sustainability. The ENJOY MAP for HEALTH incorporates 4 levels at every taking part web site with a number of methods embedded to ‘activate a web site’ to allow optimistic results on bodily exercise conduct and sustainability: (1) promotion and advertising and marketing and (2) capability constructing; each together with growth of sources. These will allow: ongoing promotion of bodily exercise alternatives, elevated utilization of the Seniors Train Park for neighborhood members, elevated data and neighborhood upskilling, and elevated visitation to the park past the challenge completion.

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    Promotion and advertising and marketing

All 4 levels will probably be enhanced by ongoing communication and branding methods and actions which is able to maximise visibility of the taking part companions in addition to growing social/neighborhood connection. The branding technique will embody, however not be restricted to, the design of promotional materials to be distributed in on-line and off line channels equivalent to digital (Fb, Instagram, web site) and bodily promotion (banner, posters, flyers) platforms. Group occasions (official park launch, come-and-try classes) can even be organised to interact and attain neighborhood members.

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    Capability constructing—upskilling and coaching– data switch

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    Coaching modules will embody coaching for allied well being professionals (Coaching workshops) and Senior Champions (Practice the Coach).

This may happen in stage two at every web site. Related sources will probably be developed to help the workshops and coaching together with on-line sources (video supplies) and written instructional supplies (e.g., manuals).

Coaching workshops for allied well being professionals: A half day coaching workshop will probably be delivered at every web site for native allied well being professionals that may cowl secure Seniors Train Park use, train prescription and program design utilizing the Seniors Train Park, incorporating danger administration, theoretical and sensible classes.

Practice the Coach module: ENJOY champions: The practice to coach module goals to coach and qualify seniors/neighborhood members (older individuals from the neighborhood) to facilitate utilisation of the Seniors Train Park for his or her members/friends, and extra broadly in the area people. Utilizing this strategy maximises neighborhood engagement and bodily exercise participation of the broader neighborhood of older individuals. The ENJOY champions can even be actively concerned in challenge and council occasions. Practice the coach module will embody twice weekly coaching classes for five weeks as follows: 9 sensible coaching classes utilizing the Seniors Train Park (1.5 hours length incorporating interactive educating with hands-on demonstrations) and last theoretical session for 3 hours incorporating danger administration, bodily exercise and wholesome life-style suggestions. Adherence will probably be monitored utilizing participation log.

  1. 2 b)

    Group well being care and leisure centre suppliers engagement

We are going to work carefully with the Constructive Ageing and Incapacity and Group Improvement groups at every native authorities council to establish and develop relationships with native well being care/leisure suppliers. This may allow engagement all through the assorted challenge levels together with involvement in coaching, challenge conferences, and neighborhood occasions. The long run engagement goals for well being care and leisure centre suppliers to actively take part within the growth and supply of a service/program utilising the Seniors Train Park for older individuals.

COVID19 dangers mitigation

The COVID19 pandemic presents a really difficult time for neighborhood and native governments with numerous restrictions that could be posed by the Australian authorities.

Potential delays to web site building (e.g., on account of scarcity of workers, delivery delays) and/or information assortment might happen. We are going to work carefully with the companions to accommodate flexibility in our strategy and the challenge’s timeline will probably be adjusted primarily based on web site improve completion. We additionally anticipate that utilization and entry to the parks could also be impacted by lockdown intervals, therefore information assortment intervals (commentary and intercept interviews) might must be adjusted to keep away from intervals the place entry to outside tools is prohibited.

Cleansing and hygiene observe—Hand sanitizers can even be out there for each workers and individuals to make use of at the start and completion of every train session, or throughout train classes if required. The tools will probably be often cleaned utilizing detergent answer/disinfectant spray or wipes.

Out of doors coaching and bodily distancing—Most coaching classes will probably be offered outside which scale back the chance of transmission. Bodily distancing will probably be maintained throughout information assortment the place potential (observations and face-to-face intercept surveys) and through coaching classes. Train classes will run in small teams primarily based on State Authorities advise. The place potential analysis conferences and trainings will run on-line.

Statistical strategies

Pattern dimension estimation for intercept surveys

To our data, there are not any pure experimental research which have investigated the utilization of train tools following an set up and web site activation of specialised outside train tools for older individuals. Research investigating park guests earlier than and after park refurbishment (together with improve of play areas for youngsters) reported a rise of 33% in park guests (all ages mixed, with 17.3% age between 21–59, and 1.8% age 60 +), with a rise of 112% engagement in reasonable bodily exercise by youngsters and adults [26]. An observational research performed in NSW reported solely 3.8% (n = 112) of all guests utilized outside train tools for the aim of train, amongst these roughly 5.3% (n = 6) had been older individuals [18]. One other research reported solely 15.6% of park customers had been older individuals (60–70 years), with individuals aged 60–70 being 60% much less more likely to report being common park customers than the youthful age teams [27].

A earlier research reported roughly 3 individuals/guests each 1.5 h attending a neighborhood park [16]. With 3 intervals of observations/ scans and whole of 5.5 commentary hours (early morning, mid-day, late afternoon) per day (estimated 12 individuals/guests per day), we then estimate 84 guests for the 7-day interval. Based mostly on a earlier research, roughly 15.6–17.9% are anticipated to be older individuals [26, 27], therefore a pattern of 15 older individuals (17% of 84 guests) will probably be anticipated to be recruited per web site on the baseline commentary interval. With an estimated twofold improve in park guests following web site activation, a pattern of 30 head to head intercept interviews will probably be focused on the 12 month comply with up commentary interval at every web site. With potential 18–20% declining to take part (refusal), we’ll intention for a complete of 38 intercept interviews (13 and 25 at baseline and comply with up respectively, which accounts for potential refusals) per web site with an general pattern of 228 interviewees throughout the six websites.

To find out the required pattern dimension, it was assumed that the variety of older individuals visiting the park per week would comply with both a Poisson distribution, the place the variance equals the imply (no overdispersion), or a unfavorable binomial distribution, the place the variance exceeds the imply (overdispersion) [28]. A baseline imply of roughly 15 per week was assumed, equivalent to a coefficient of variation (CV = normal deviation as share of imply) for the Poisson distribution of 25.8%. For the unfavorable binomial, the CV was set at 38.7% (a 50% improve in relative variability). As well as, seasonal changes to the anticipated means had been made, because it was probably the variety of older individuals visiting the park will probably be impacted by climate [29]. Pretend information simulation was used to find out the facility [30]; 10,000 simulated information units had been generated utilizing the Poisson and Adverse Binomial distributions assuming a two-fold improve within the variety of older individuals visiting the park. For every information set, the mannequin detailed within the statistical evaluation part under was fitted to the information, and the intervention impact was statistically important on the 5% stage for the entire information units with the Poisson distribution and for over 80% of the information units with the unfavorable binomial distribution.

A focused final result for ENJOY MAP for HEALTH challenge

A research investigating the affect of main renovations to playfields (primarily used for soccer and baseball) of two public parks in addition to bodily exercise programming, reported a major improve in visitation and general bodily exercise (4-9 fold improve) in comparison with the controls [31]. This implies that intervention that features change within the bodily constructed setting complemented with different neighborhood engagement is more likely to lead to substantial improve in bodily exercise participation. With restricted research reporting older individuals’s utilization and engagement in bodily exercise, we estimate a twofold improve in visits by older individuals from baseline to the 12 months comply with up at every web site. Therefore, we hypothesise that the intervention (Seniors Train Park set up and web site activation) will lead to at the least twofold improve (100%) within the variety of guests (older individuals) between baseline to the 12 months comply with up.

Statistical evaluation

Descriptive statistics will probably be used to report the general park commentary guests, guests’ traits, prevalence of utilization of the Seniors Train Park, the sort and stage of bodily exercise of holiday makers (SOPARC). Descriptive statistics can even be used for the intercept surveys information to collate details about guests’ perceptions in regards to the park, motivation to make use of it, social connectedness/engagement with different on the park, their bodily exercise stage and basic wellbeing and their leisure/recreation exercise on the park.

A generalised linear mannequin [28] will probably be used to look at the consequences of park refurbishment (tools set up and web site activation) on the entire variety of older individuals noticed within the park, and the variety of individuals strolling and being bodily lively within the park. The statistical mannequin will embody phrases for the intervention impact, the positioning results, and seasonal results; and overdispersion will probably be dealt with by utilizing a quasipoisson household [32]. Statistical analyses will performed utilizing IMB SPSS Statistics model 26 (IBM Company, Armonk, NY, USA) and R [33].

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