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Table 6 Parent (N = 26) reported problems associated with wearing accelerometers, their own strategies for overcoming these problems, and their suggestions to improve compliance in future interventions

From: Feasibility trial evaluation of a physical activity and screen-viewing course for parents of 6 to 8 year-old children: Teamplay

Parent reported problem Successful strategies used by parents Parents’ suggestions for future intervention
Difficulty in remembering to wear the accelerometers • Keeping the accelerometers in a visible place when they are taken off at night • Allowing parents to opt in/out of a text reminder service was seen as a positive way to remind parents to wear the accelerometers
  • Making wearing the accelerometers a habit  
Lack of understanding about the accelerometers   • Spend more time explaining why parents are asked to wear the accelerometers
   • Having the information translated into parents’ native language
The accelerometers being uncomfortable or not practical to wear (for parents and children) • Choosing to wear clothes with belt loops  
Children feeling targeted at school due to being only child wearing the accelerometer • Support from teachers and school staff • Providing information on the project/physical activity for the whole class
  • Wearing the accelerometer underneath the school uniform • Asking the whole class to be involved in the project
Children refusing to wear the accelerometers • Parents encouraging their child to wear the monitor  
  • Some children were naturally interested and proud to wear the accelerometer  
Increasing motivation to wear the accelerometer for parents and children: Provision of data feedback • Many parents and children were interested in seeing the results from the accelerometers • Promoting to parents at the initial data collection that they will get feedback on their data
  • Knowing if their child was getting enough PA compared to the recommendations, knowing if they’d increased PA over the 3 time points, and having a comparison of other people or the average were all of interest