iPOPP: Increasing Physical activity in Older People with chronic Pain

Chief Investigator:

Dr Claire Jinks, Dr John McBeth

Principal Investigator:

Dr Emma Healey

Study Co-ordinator:

Dr Liz Hartsthorne

Funder name / reference number: Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) 20608
UKCRN Study portfolio: 20117
Year Over 2.5 years (2015

Study design

A pilot multi-centre 3-arm individually randomised RCT recruiting participants from 4 general practices.

Primary objective

Aims to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of a Health care Assistant led iPOPP intervention to promote walking in older adults with chronic pain, and assess trial design and processes.


Randomised to receive usual care (and a pain toolkit), a pedometer (with pedometer guide, walking diary and pain toolkit) or the iPOPP intervention. The iPOPP intervention comprises pain toolkit, two consultations with a health care assistant (HCA) and then 8 weekly motivational prompts to walk.