Implementation of a group-based physical activity programme for ageing adults with ID: a process evaluation

J Eval Clin Pract. 2014 Aug;20(4):401-7. doi: 10.1111/jep.12145. Epub 2014 May 5.


Rationale, aim and objectives: This paper describes the results of the process evaluation of a physical activity programme for people with intellectual disabilities (ID), including information about the concepts 'fidelity', 'dose delivered', 'satisfaction' and 'context'.

Methods: Qualitative and quantitative methods among participants and programme leaders were used.

Results: The programme was well accepted, feasible and applicable to ageing people with ID. It was successfully implemented in terms of fidelity and dose delivered, although differences between day-activity centres were observed.

Conclusions: The hampering factors that are revealed in this study and the facilitating activities that were part of the implementation plan may be used by care provider services for (ageing) people with ID and other groups of people with cognitive and/or physical deficits, such as frail elderly people or people with dementia when developing and or preparing implementation of health promotion programmes.

Keywords: evaluation; health promotion; implementation.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aging
  • Exercise*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability*
  • Middle Aged
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Surveys and Questionnaires