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Evaluating a person-centred digital intervention to promote physical activity behaviour change following dysvascular lower limb amputation

Crystal MacKay, PT, PhD

Award: 2022 Compassion and AI Fellowship

  • Compassionate Care
  • Limb Loss
  • Physical Activity

Scientist, West Park Healthcare Centre

Physical activity is the “medicine” of the century with evidence demonstrating reduced risk of chronic disease and mortality and improved quality of life. However, people with lower limb amputations often have reduced balance and walking ability resulting in sedentary behaviour. Crystal’s project will evaluate a digital intervention consisting of virtual peer coaching, wearable technology, and online education to deliver compassionate support to improve physical activity. She will explore participants’ and peers’ experiences with the intervention to optimize compassionate care prior to a future trial. Ultimately, this research will advance the understanding and delivery of compassionate care to improve physical activity within digital environments.