Children with T1DM favour web-based information and are comfortable with using electronic media, and such resources have been shown to be feasible, acceptable and effective at promoting physical activity in school-aged children. At an age when children are likely to start becoming more independent as they move towards adolescence, a dedicated, theory-based and interactive resource offers the opportunity to assist them in leading an active lifestyle while dealing with their condition.
SKIP is a feasibility trial running at Nottingham University Hospital (NUH) and University Hospitals Leicester (UHL), funded by the NIHR. It aims to recruit 50 young people (25 from each site) between September 2016 and August 2017 and follow them for six months. 25 participants will be randomly selected to have access to the website and a physical activity watch for the duration of these six months. Recruitment processes, use of the website and use of the activity watch will be examined. At the end of the trial, participants will be interviewed to understand perceptions of the website, including likes and dislikes, suggested improvements and any technical problems encountered. From this study, elements which worked well and those which require further adaptation will be uncovered to inform a larger clinical trial.
For more information about SKIP, please contact Dr Emily Knox (Research Fellow)
Related publication - STAK-D online intervention study protocol: https://trialsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13063-016-1719-0