Measuring stroke patients' exercise preferences using a discrete choice experiment

Geidl W, Knocke K, Schupp W, Pfeifer K (2018)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2018


Book Volume: 10

Pages Range: 13 - 17

Article Number: 6993

Journal Issue: 6993

DOI: 10.4081/ni.2018.6993

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Physical activity post stroke improves health, yet physical inactivity is highly prevalent. Tailored exercise programs considering physical activity preferences are a promising approach to promote physical
activity. Therefore, this study seeks to measure exercise preferences of stroke survivors.
Stroke survivors conducted a discrete choice experiment (DCE). DCE was presented in a face-to-face interview where patients had to choose eight times between two different exercise programs. Exercise
programs differed by characteristics, with the six attributes under consideration being social situation, location, type of exercise, intensity, frequency, and duration. Utilities of the exercise attributes were estimated
with a logit choice model. Stroke survivors (n=103, mean age: 67, SD=13.0; 60% male) show significant differences in the rated utilities of the exercise attributes (P<0.001). Participants had strong preferences for light and moderate intense physical activity and favored shorter exercise sessions. Stroke survivors have remarkable exercise preferences especially for intensity and duration of exercise. Results contribute to the tailoring of physical activity programs after stroke thereby facilitating maintenance of physical activity.

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Geidl, W., Knocke, K., Schupp, W., & Pfeifer, K. (2018). Measuring stroke patients' exercise preferences using a discrete choice experiment. Neurology International, 10(6993), 13 - 17.


Geidl, Wolfgang, et al. "Measuring stroke patients' exercise preferences using a discrete choice experiment." Neurology International 10.6993 (2018): 13 - 17.

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