FaBA – Improvement of a Physically Active Lifestyle in Orthopedic and Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients with an Expert System (Förderung eines aktiven Bewegungs-Alltags bei Rehablitanden: Unterstützung durch ein Expertensystem)

– Together with Lena Fleig and Sarah Pomp –

German Retirement Assurance [Deutsche Rentenversicherung (DRV)], € 321 260

Background: Regular physical exercise enhances health and facilitates recovery from health limitations. Rehabilitation treatments aim at enabling patients to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle by means of physical training during treatment. However, many individuals are either sedentary or exercise with a frequency and duration that is insufficient to improve their health. Because of small resources (e.g., time constraints of personnel) a computer-based program was implemented to enhance self-regulation in patients and thus helps to facilitate a physically active lifestyle. The effectiveness is currently tested in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with follow-up measurement points up to 18 months after admission.

Main research questions are: Which mechanisms facilitate healthy lifestyles during the rehabilitation of patients? How effective is a stage-matched computer-based expert system in helping to overcome barriers in daily life?


Results (selected):
Fleig, L., Lippke, S., Pomp, S., & Schwarzer, R. (2011). Exercise maintenance after rehabilitation: How experience can make a difference. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 12, 293-299.

Fleig, L., Lippke, S., Pomp, S., & Schwarzer, R. (2011). Intervention effects of exercise self-regulation on physical exercise and eating fruits and vegetables: a longitudinal study in orthopedic and cardiac rehabilitation. Preventive Medicine, 53, 182-187.

Lippke, S., Fleig, L., Pomp, S., & Schwarzer, R. (2010). Validity of a stage algorithm for physical activity in participants recruited from orthopedic and cardiac rehabilitation clinics. Rehabilitation Psychology, 55(4), 398-408.

Pomp, S., Fleig, L., Schwarzer, R., & Lippke, S. (2013). Effects of a self-regulation intervention on exercise are moderated by depressive symptoms: A quasi-experimental study. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 13, 1−8.

Pomp, S., Fleig, L., Schwarzer, R., & Lippke, S. (2012). Depressive symptoms interfere with post-rehabilitation exercise: Outcome expectancies and experience as mediators. Psychology, Health, & Medicine, 17, 698-708.

Pomp, S., Lippke, S., Fleig, L., & Schwarzer, R. (2010). Synergistic effects of intention and depression on action control: Longitudinal predictors of exercise after rehabilitation. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 2, 78-84.