Peer Coaching Through mHealth Targeting Physical Activity in People With Parkinson Disease: Feasibility Study.

Colón-Semenza C, Latham NK, Quintiliani LM, Ellis TD
JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 6(2):e42. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.8074.
Long-term engagement in exercise and physical activity mitigates the progression of disability and increases quality of life in people with Parkinson disease (PD). Despite this, the vast majority of individuals with PD are sedentary. There is a critical need for a feasible, safe, acceptable, and effective method to assist those with PD to engage in active lifestyles. Peer coaching through mobile health (mHealth) may be a viable approach. The purpose of this study was to develop a PD-specific peer coach training program and a remote peer-mentored walking program using mHealth technology with the goal of increasing physical activity in persons with PD. We set out to examine the feasibility, safety, and acceptability of the programs along with preliminary evidence of individual-level changes in walking activity, self-efficacy, and disability in the peer mentees.