Information for Participants



What is the purpose of the study?

This research aims to develop our understanding of physical activity among older adults by comparing and contrasting conditions in cities in Northern Ireland with cities in Brazil. It aims to evaluate the physical activity behaviour of older adults in Brazil, the role of urban design in facilitating this and improved policy effectiveness by promoting healthier ageing in place, reducing future health burdens and enhancing institutional capacity. The project will develop policy tools, partnerships and evidence for increasing physical activity levels of older adults in Brazilian cities, by bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of Brazilian/UK researchers drawn from public health, geography, planning and management studies, as well as a range of key stakeholders that are central to promoting this policy agenda in Brazil, the UK and Europe.  


This work is vital for public health and planning research as the environment has an important role in keeping us active.  Regular physical activity is not only important for our physical health but also our mental health and well-being.


Why have I been chosen to take part?

You have been chosen to take part as you previously participated in the NICOLA study and we thought you would be an ideal participant for the current project.


Do I have to give consent to take part?

Yes. You have been provided with this information sheet and if you decide to participate during your first home visit you will be asked to complete a consent form.


What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to wear two small monitors (an accelerometer and a GPS monitor) for a period of 7 days and complete a questionnaire.


What are the possible disadvantages to my taking part?

There are no disadvantages in taking part. Participation is entirely voluntary. You can decide not to answer any questions and you can withdraw from the study at any time without any reason or penalty. 


What are the possible benefits?

By taking part you will be contributing to a piece of research which is seeking to develop policy and practice on physical activity in Northern Ireland and Brazil.  The results of this study will also be used to help design better environments such as better footpaths, to make it easier for residents to be regularly active to improve health and well-being. 


Will my participation be kept confidential?

The information that you provide will only be accessible to the project researchers. All information will be stored securely and destroyed when no longer needed.  Please note that all data is anonymized. 


What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the study will be used primarily to prepare a research report, develop policy and strengthen PA practices. The results will also be published in relevant journal articles, presented at conferences and used for future research purposes.  


Who has reviewed the study?

The study has been reviewed and granted ethical approval by Queen’s University Belfast.


What if there is a problem?

If you are unhappy about any aspect of your participation in the research you can raise these issues in confidence with Dr Claire Cleland on (028) 9097 4743; Email:; Postal address: School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AG.


If these issues cannot be resolved and you wish to speak to someone else please contact:

Dr Ruth Hunter on (028) 90978944; Email:; Postal address: School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science, Queen's University Belfast, Institute of Clinical Science B, Royal Victoria Hospital, Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 6BJ.