The aim of the study was to develop the Healthy Beat Acupunch (HBA) exercise program and evaluate its feasibility for community older adults.
Stage I: The Delphi technique was used to consult 16 experts to develop the program. Stage II: A preexperimental, one-group, posttest-only design was used to pilot-test the program feasibility with 31 older adults.
After 4 weeks of interventions, participants evaluated the program based on four criteria (simplicity, safety, suitability, and helpfulness) and responded to five open-ended questions.
The developed HBA program from Stage I includes three phases with 24 motions and takes 40 minutes to complete. Program feasibility in Stage II showed average scores ranged from 8.84 ± 1.32 to 9.97 ± 0.18.
Both experts and elderly participants confirmed that the HBA program was simple, safe, suitable, and helpful to older adults.
The HBA program provides older adults with a new set of exercise option.
1 Ming Shan Tzu-An-Home Assisted Living Facility, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
2 College of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
3 Department of Medical Research, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Correspondence: Kuei-Min Chen, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University; Department of Medical Research, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Rd., Sanmin District, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan. E-mail: email@example.com
Cite this article as: Tsai, H. Y., Chen K.M., & Huang, H.T. (2018). Acupunch exercise program development and feasibility evaluation for older adults. Rehabilitation Nursing, 00(0), 00–00. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000157