Impact of Web and Smartphone-based Physical Activity Program on Physical Activity Level 12 Months After a Balneotherapy (THERMACTIVE)


Association Francaise pour la Recherche Thermale




Breast Cancer
Physical Activity
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases


Behavioral: Physical activity program after a balneotherapy

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of an intervention combining a workshop during a balneotherapy and the use after the end of the balneotherapy of a web and smartphone-based physical activity program using connected devices, on physical activity level among patients 12 months after they participated in a balneotherapy in thermal care center. A multi center randomized controlled trial is setting to evaluate the impact of the intervention on physical activity recommendations achievement of the patients. Investigators hypothesize that an intervention including a workshop during a balneotherapy and an automated physical activity program using web, mobile phone and connected devices will help patients to be engaged in more physical activities and to reach physical activity recommendations.

Full description

New technologies such as mobile phone and connected devices have been recognized as useful tools to assist chronic patients in their disease's management. they are also considering as promising tools to help patients to change their lifestyle behavior. Balneotherapy is a very special moment to initiate changes and to raise awareness about healthier behavior in terms of food and physical activity. The objective of the intervention is to help patients with chronic diseases, taking part in a balneotherapy, to increase or maintain their physical activity level in the long term to reach the national recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. Patients will be randomized either in the intervention group or in the control group. The intervention group will participate in a workshop during the balneotherapy providing them informations about physical activity and also about the way to use the web and smartphone-based physical activity program along with the use of the connected devices (scale and pedometer). After the end of the balneotherapy, the intervention group will have access to the web and smartphone-based physical activity program during 12 months. The control group will receive a booklet including informations about physical activity practice.


230 patients




50 to 79 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • age between 50 and 79
  • BMI between 19 and 35 kg.m2
  • stabilized chronic disease : cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, rheumatic diseases, breast cancer
  • practice of moderate physical activity less than 150 minutes per week
  • practice of sportive activity less than 2h per week
  • having access to internet
  • possessing a smartphone connected to internet
  • good comprehension of french
  • notice and informed consent signed
  • no contraindication to practice physical activity
  • subject to French Social Security

Exclusion criteria

  • wearing a cardiac pacemaker
  • non-stabilized chronic disease
  • invalidating pathology of locomotor system
  • metastatic cancers
  • being in an exclusion period for participating in another study or having received more than 4500€ during the year due to participation in clinical studies
  • being under supervision
  • refusing to be register in the French National Volunteers Register

Trial design

Primary purpose

Supportive Care



Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Single Blind

230 participants in 2 patient groups

Experimental group
The 'Physical activity program after a balneotherapy' intervention involves providing a workshop during a balneotherapy about physical activity and use of automated physical activity program including website, mobile app and connected devices, and after the balneotherapy, the access to the automated program during 12 months.
Behavioral: Physical activity program after a balneotherapy
No Intervention group
Patients included in the control arm will receive a booklet including informations about physical activity recommendations and practice.

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