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**Recruitment for this study is now closed.**

Why is this research being done?

The study is being conducted by Dr Camille Short who is a physical activity researcher at CQUniversity Australia.

As you might know, engaging in regular physical activity can have many benefits for breast cancer survivors. Unfortunately, most women do not currently receive any physical activity advice or support after the acute treatment phase and only about one third of Australian breast cancer survivors are active enough to gain health benefits.    

The aim of the study is to examine if internet-delivered physical activity information can help breast cancer survivors to increase and/or maintain their participation in physical activity.

 

What is involved?

Consenting participants will be randomly allocated into different study groups. You will either be allocated into a group that receives personalised feedback and advice about physical activity all at once; or a group that receives personalised advice and feedback over three separate sessions. The advice provided will be predominantly the same, however if you are allocated to a group that is provided feedback over three sessions you will be asked to logon to the website an additional two times and to complete a short assessment indicating how much physical activity you have engaged in since the last session and whether or not you met any of your physical activity goals. This information will be used to provide you with feedback on your progress. It will not be possible for you to choose which website you gain access to during the course of the study. However, at the end of the 6-month study you will be given free access to your preferred website for three months.   

The information you provide in the first survey will help us provide you with more relevant advice and feedback via the website, and will also be used to help us understand more about physical activity and breast cancer survivors. We will ask you to complete three more surveys, one a month after the initial survey, another three months after the initial survey and another six months after the initial survey. In doing so we can evaluate if you liked the website (and the advice) and also whether or not receiving the advice made you more active or changed your ideas about being active. It will also allow us to track your physical activity over time, which will help us understand the value of the website and also to design better resources in the future. Each of the surveys should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. We will also measure how often you use our website via your password enabled access.

To participate in this study, it is not a necessity to become more active, if you do so or not is entirely up to you. However, you should not participate in this study if it is not safe for you to become more active.  To be eligible for this study you must: (1) be over 18 years of age; (2) have been diagnosed with breast cancer at any time point; (3) be finished active cancer treatment (i.e., chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery); (4) engage in less than 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week or engage in physical activity on less than 5 days of the week per week; (5) be able to read and write in English; (5) not have a physical health condition that would make it difficult for you to increase your participation in physical activity and (6) not have participated in a previous study conducted by the research team (please contact us if you are unsure)

 

Questions or concerns

 If you have any questions, difficulties or concerns regarding this research, please feel free to contact:

Dr Camille Short 
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 
P: (07) 4923 2689            
E:MM4L@cqu.edu.au