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The role of goal-setting in a walking-for-health project in China
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June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020 12:10 PM EDT
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Additional Trial Information
This study explores the choice of goals that people make based on their intrinsic motivation and the effects of these goals on their effort provision. We conduct randomized-controlled experiments through a walking-for-health project which is initiated by the local government of a county in Southwest China.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date
Primary Outcomes (end points)
1) The number of days that an individual walks more than 8000 steps a day.
2) The average steps an individual walks daily.
3) The weight in kilograms and the BMI (Body Mass Index) at the end date as well as the changes in weight and BMI from the start date to the end date.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
How many times the personal goal is met out of the 6 months. Whether the personal goal is met in each month.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
We give instructions to subjects to help them set up a goal for the walking exercise.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization done by a mobile application.
Was the treatment clustered?
Sample size: planned number of clusters
6 local organizations
Sample size: planned number of observations
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
80 people control, 80 people treatment 1, 80 people treatment 2, 80 people treatment 3
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)