Exploring osteoporosis sufferers knowledge on sedentary behaviour in the management of their disease

Grady, Caera L. and Muirhead, Fiona and Skelton, Dawn A. and Mavroeidi, Alexandra (2021) Exploring osteoporosis sufferers knowledge on sedentary behaviour in the management of their disease. Journal of Frailty, Sarcopenia & Falls, 6 (2). pp. 36-42. ISSN 2459-4148 (https://doi.org/10.22540/JFSF-06-036)

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Objectives: 1) To develop an understanding of the thoughts and opinions of older women diagnosed with osteoporosis regarding sedentary behaviour and 2) Investigate strategies used to reduce sedentary behaviour for future intervention development. Methods: Eleven older women with osteoporosis (mean age=68.2y±6.6(SD)) participated in semi-structured interviews (March-May 2020). They were recruited from the Royal Osteoporosis Society (Scottish) support group networks and the Strathclyde Age-Friendly-Academy. Telephone interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed using Braun & Clarke (2006). Results: Three main themes emerged: ‘Older Women’s Knowledge’, ‘Motivators to reduce Sedentary Behaviour’ and ‘Older Adult’s and Technology’. Participants reported an increase/maintenance of physical activity levels after osteoporosis diagnosis, had a good understanding and awareness of sedentary behaviour and how it affects health holistically. Participants identified motivators to interrupt sedentary behaviour (e.g. family/friends) and facilitators of sedentary behaviour (e.g. Television). Technology appeared to be used widely among participants to track movement patterns (e.g. Fitbit) but access and usability were identified as potential barriers when using technology to reduce sedentary behaviour among older adults. Conclusion: Knowledge does not appear to be a factor that needs addressing in relation to sedentary behavior in older women diagnosed with osteoporosis. Identified motivators and barriers could increase awareness of sedentary behaviour among older adults.


Grady, Caera L., Muirhead, Fiona, Skelton, Dawn A. and Mavroeidi, Alexandra ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5213-1596;