An entry from Canada has won PAL Technologies’ “Show us the numbers” competition to win £12K of PAL products.
The competition, aimed specifically at clinicians and researchers working in the rehabilitation field, attracted a range of entries from the UK, USA, Australia and Canada. PAL’s activPALTM instrument was proposed for use in a wide variety of research including investigating knee joint motion after total knee arthroplasty, measuring physical activity levels in chronic pain, dementia, osteoarthritis, stroke, Parkinsons, cancer and learning difficulties populations, as well as in users of prosthetics and those with decreased mobility due to either musculoskeletal conditions or ageing. The judges were unanimous however in declaring the research submission which proposed to use activPAL instruments to measure and reduce sedentary time in cardiac rehabilitation, and which scored most highly in all of the judging criteria categories, the winner.
“The activPAL3™ devices will allow us to explore the impact of sedentary prompting devices on sedentary behaviours in a cardiac rehabilitation setting,” explained lead investigator and Post-doctoral Fellow Dr Stephanie Prince of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada.
“Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to consistently reduce the rates of total and cardiovascular-related mortality and morbidity. Although cardiac rehabilitation mainly focuses on moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity, sedentary behaviours have recently gained attention as strong and modifiable risk factors for heart disease,” she continued.
PAL Technologies’ CEO Douglas Maxwell said, “Our judges very much enjoyed reading the research proposals submitted for the competition. All were quite different but each recognised the value of accurately and objectively recording the free-living physical behaviours in particular population groups in order to assist in determining new or improved treatment approaches.
“In fact, the submissions were so impressive that we decided to award a second and third prize of an activPAL starter kit to Victoria Hood, University of Nottingham, and Richard Jones, University of Salford, to help them get their research projects underway.”
The £12K prize winning project will assess sedentary behaviours in cardiac rehabilitation participants and assess whether a prompting device can reduce sedentary behaviours and consequently improve cardio-metabolic health compared to standard cardiac rehabilitation. The project will be conducted at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and will use a pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) study design among patients in an on-site cardiac rehabilitation program. The project will aim to quantify time spent sitting, standing and lying in cardiac rehabilitation patients using the activPAL3. The project will also evaluate whether the addition of sedentary prompts from the activPAL3 VT leads to further reductions in sedentary time, beyond those achieved through either standard cardiac rehabilitation or cardiac rehabilitation with a behavioural change strategy targeting sedentary behaviours.
“Too much sitting is a significant problem among patients with heart disease, the activPAL3 will provide new opportunities to better quantify and intervene with this emerging risk factor,” said Dr Robert Reid, Deputy Chief.
Associate Scientist Dr Jennifer Reed concluded, “This investigation will allow us to explore the feasibility of using sedentary-specific devices in a cardiac rehabilitation setting.”
For further information about activPAL and PAL Technologies please contact Jan Clark, Communications Executive, PAL Technologies Ltd (E: email@example.com, T: 0141 303 8380).
For further information about the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s winning submission please contact lead investigator Dr Stephanie Prince of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation (E: firstname.lastname@example.org)