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Title: The health economic evaluation of physical activity interventions
Author: Dallat, Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 6061 9710
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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The health consequences of physical inactivity have been described as a “global pandemic", as approximately 31% of the world’s population fails to achieve minimum recommended levels. This has huge social and economic implications for society. The Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) and the Physical Activity Loyalty (PAL) card scheme are two local interventions, which aim to improve physical activity levels. The CCG is a major urban rejuvenation scheme set in East Belfast, which through the creation of a 9km linear park should improve opportunities for exercise. The PAL scheme is a multi-component intervention, targeted at sedentary office-based workers, which attempts to mimic the high-street loyalty card. Subjects can gain points and rewards (financial incentives) contingent upon them achieving targeted physical activity levels. By applying traditional techniques of cost-effectiveness analysis, I found that the CCG could be cost-effective at increasing physical activity levels. Furthermore, after performing a Return-on-Investment analysis, to capture the potential wider benefits of the CCG beyond health, I found that the CCG should pay for itself between two to six times over its lifetime. Finally, by evaluating the PAL scheme from both a healthcare and employer’s perspective, I found it could be a cost-effective way to increase activity levels and productivity, in predominantly sedentary office-based workers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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