Experiences of women in a minimal contact pedometer-based intervention: A qualitative study

Heesch, Kristiann C., Dinger, Mary K., McClary, Kristi R. and Rice, Kelly R. (2005) Experiences of women in a minimal contact pedometer-based intervention: A qualitative study. Women & Health, 41 2: 97-116. doi:10.1300/J013v41n02_07

Author Heesch, Kristiann C.
Dinger, Mary K.
McClary, Kristi R.
Rice, Kelly R.
Title Experiences of women in a minimal contact pedometer-based intervention: A qualitative study
Journal name Women & Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0363-0242
Publication date 2005-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1300/J013v41n02_07
Volume 41
Issue 2
Start page 97
End page 116
Total pages 20
Place of publication Binghamton, N.Y., U.S.A.
Publisher Haworth Press Inc
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Formatted abstract
Minimal contact pedometer-based interventions are gaining in popularity as a cost-effective method of promoting physical activity. The experiences of women in these interventions, however, have not been adequately studied.

This study used focus groups to explore women's experiences in a minimal contact pedometer-based intervention.


Participants were women aged 31 to 51 years who completed a 6-week minimal contact pedometer-based intervention. Before the intervention, all participants were inactive or irregularly active. For the intervention, participants wore pedometers, completed weekly logs of daily steps taken, created physical activity goals, and received weekly emails. Email messages contained strategies for increasing physical activity and served as reminders to wear the pedometer and submit the step logs. After the intervention, participants were invited to attend focus groups to discuss their experiences in the. intervention. A generic qualitative research approach was used to analyze the data.


Wearing the pedometer helped participants set goals and motivated them to increase their physical activity. Submitting step logs made them accountable. They wanted more innovative tips in the emails for increasing physical activity.


Our results suggest that the effectiveness of minimal-contact interventions may be enhanced by including pedometers, step logs, and email reminders.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Women's Studies
step counters
health promotion
qualitative methods
Physical-activity Interventions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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