The PAL Study

The PAL (Physical Activity Loyalty) Study is a cluster RCT that investigates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of financial incentives to encourage maintained physical activity behaviour change in adults.  We have developed a novel physical activity loyalty scheme which works in the same way as well-known high street loyalty schemes, where participants earn points and receive rewards for repeatedly shopping in a particular store. The study particularly targets office-based employees which is a good setting to promote programmes of physical activity that could encourage a longer term, habitual increase in activity.  The study will examine the effects of the intervention on physical activity, health, mental wellbeing, quality of life, absence from work and use of healthcare facilities.  This study is funded (£832K) by the National Institute for Health Research (http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects/phr/1221182).


Meet the PAL Team

Professor Frank Kee  (PI)
Dr Ruth Hunter (Study Director)
Dr Sarah Brennan (Project Manager/Research Fellow)
Dr Jianjun Tang (Research Fellow)
Ollie Smith (Research Assistant)
Jennifer Murray (PhD Student)

ECIT, QUB collaborators:

Prof. William Scanlon, Director of Research, Wireless Communication Systems Cluster, The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen’s University Belfast
Dr William Cully, Research Fellow, The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen's University Belfast.
Ryan McConville, PhD Student, The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen's University Belfast.
Dr Adrian McKernan, Research Fellow, The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen's University Belfast.

Co-investigators

Dr Jean Adams, Research Fellow, UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research, MRC Epidemiology unit, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Professor David French, Professor of Health Psychology, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester
Professor George Hutchinson, Chair of Rural & Environmental Economics, Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Alberto Longo, Lecturer in Urban Land Economics & Management, Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Emma McIntosh, Reader in Health Economics of Public Health, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
Professor Christopher Patterson, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, Centre of Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast
Professor Lindsay Prior, Professor of Sociology, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Mark Tully, Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast