COST Action CA20104

Working Groups

WG 1

WG1 relates to PA and exercise interventions. In order to achieve RCO 4, RCO 5 and RCO 6, WG 1 will review the material and tools from EBM (considered as an umbrella term). It is expected that some tools will be adopted and promoted without change, while others will have to be carefully modified in order to adapt to PA interventions. The concept of evaluating evidence levels will be applied to a reference database, possibly without modification. It should be noted, that exercise interventions are sometimes more complex than drugs therapy, in terms of the subject’s behaviour. Thus, a framework of evidence-based standards should be created in a detailed manner to fit the complexity of exercise standards and behaviour.

WG 2

This WG will take an inclusive and holistic view in order to define relevant outcomes, markers and moderators in the context of technology-assisted physical activity for older persons. These variables will be structured making use of the WHO’s Healthy Aging Framework. Based on expert discussions and literature review, we will report these and define standards for utilizing these (D2.2). We will condense the list of variables to a minimal dataset of ‘must do’ and ‘should do’ and possibly ‘nice to have’ variables, ensuring a holistic approach (D2.3). This enables inclusion of established measures as well as promising, novel variables in our eventual repository ensuring its sustainability. As a prototype and demonstration of the use of the designed data structure, data of one or more actual project(s) will be delivered to an existing open data platform (D2.4). To ascertain ethical, legal and financial aspects for these procedures we will create a compendium (D2.1)

WG 3

The WG will prepare two scoping reviews describing the technology and sample characteristics of 1) home-based and 2) clinical/laboratory-based technology-assisted exercise/physical activity interventions in older adults to identify the reasons, risks and mechanisms for pitfalls and problems. Further systematic reviews will follow in order to prepare the background for the guidelines (D3.1; D3.2) which will use the formal consensus procedure and include appropriate assessment standards. 

WG 4

The main aim of this WG is to establish internal communication (contact and mailing lists, reporting and planning schedules) of all network activities, continuous screening of all minutes / reports for ad-hoc and strategic dissemination and exploitation. Also, to create and provide promotion material and dissemination channels, to be used by all network members on the occasion of their own conference visits, projects, teaching, including a yearly public newsletter.

The strategy will be focused on exploring requirements and opportunities for perpetuating the network partly or as a whole (e.g. collaboration and connection with universities, other networks or societies, business), including sustainability strategy and action planning, stakeholder analysis and balanced scorecard.