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Research Project

Intervention to Reduce Sedentary Behavior in Adults with CKD A Feasibility Study

Principal Investigator
Hannan, Mary
Start Date
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Funding Source
American Nephrology Nurses' Association


Sedentary behavior is associated with poor health outcomes in the general population. Adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are extremely sedentary and have worse health outcomes than those in the general population. Although it is well established that exercise improves health, reducing sedentary behavior may represent a more achievable target in adults with CKD, given the barriers to exercise that individuals with CKD endorse. In the general population, interventions to decrease sedentary behavior have successfully reduced sedentary time and been associated with positive health outcomes. There is a paucity of research on interventions to reduce sedentary time in the diverse population of adults with CKD. Therefore, the purpose of this study to investigate an intervention to reduce sedentary time in adults with CKD. The aims are to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of an established theory-based motivational interviewing intervention to decrease sedentary time in a diverse, representative sample of adults with CKD. The motivational interviewing is guided by principles of social cognitive theory and cognitive behavioral theory to address individual personal, behavioral, and environmental factors that promote sedentary behavior. The intervention also utilizes a wearable technology to alert participants when they have had a prolonged sedentary period. The goal of the intervention is to reduce total sitting time and increase sedentary breaks. From the findings of this study, nephrology nurses will be able to provide tailored education and interventions to address sedentary behavior as a risk factor for adverse outcomes in adults with CKD.