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Title: Activity Levels and Healthcare Utilization: Associations in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes
Authors: Luckhurst, Ian
Supervisor(s): Vallance, Jeff (Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Johnson, Steven (Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University))
Al Sayah, Fatima (Public School of Health, University of Alberta)
Degree: Master of Nursing (MN)
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: Type 2 Diabetes
active lifestyle
daily activities
physical inactivity
sedentary time
healthcare utilization
Issue Date: 22-Apr-2021
Abstract: Background: This study’s objective was to examine cross-sectional associations of device-measured physical activity with healthcare utilization among adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Methods: Healthcare utilization data included number of physician claims, type of physician service, number of emergency department visits, number of ambulatory care visits, and number of hospitalizations. Device-based physical activity and sedentary time were assessed using the ActiGraph® GT3X+ accelerometer. Results: For moderate vigorous physical activity and sedentary time, no statistically significant associations were found with healthcare utilization. For daily steps, ANOVA suggested higher step counts were associated with fewer physician claims and emergency department visits. Conclusion: Device-based MVPA and sedentary time were not associated with healthcare utilization. Daily steps was found to be significantly associated with physician claims and emergency department visits. Increasing walking may help reduce healthcare utilization in adults with T2D.
Graduation Date: 2021
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/344
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