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Table 5 Integration of quantitative and qualitative findings

From: Feasibility of ActivABLES to promote home-based exercise and physical activity of community-dwelling stroke survivors with support from caregivers: A mixed methods study

Feasibility domainsQuantitative resultsQualitative themesIntegration
AcceptabilityMeasureChange in median from pre to postFunctional improvements 
BBS (score)43.5–46↑ 2.5Stroke survivors reported improvements in function.
Caregivers reported improvements in function of their stroke survivors.
The quantitative functional measures confirm the experience of the participants of improved function.
ABC (score)55.5–56.4↑ 0.9
TUG (sec)20.1–15.9↑ 4.2
5xSST (sec)20.9–18.2↑ 2.7
BBT (score)33–330
Motion detectors: Self-initiated activities 
Standing up /sitting down47–49↑ 2Stroke survivors described increased motivation to engage in self-initiated activities.The quantitative data from the motion detectors suggest that the stroke survivors were more mobile which might indicate they engaged in more activities.
Number of steps1836–2063↑ 227
Standing (hours/day)2.3–2.6↑ 0.3
Sitting/lying (hours/day)21.3–21.0↑ 0.3
Demand   Reported use 
Use according to digital servers Stroke survivors and their caregivers reported use of ActivABLES at least five times a week.The quantitative data from servers and diaries were congruent with each other while reported use in the interview tended to be more than from the servers and diaries.
• Seven stroke survivors used ActivABLES for the recommended five days a week.
Use according to adherence diaries
• Median use 23 days.
MeasureChange in mean
from pre to post
Interest in further use 
Self-determined motivation
28–26↓ 2.0Stroke survivors reported interest in further use.
Caregivers thought their stroke survivor would be interested in further use.
The quantitative results from BREQ-2 does only partially support the qualitative results on interest in further use.
Non-self-determ motivation9–8.5↑ 0.5
Implementation   Progression of exercises 
In the adherence diaries, the stroke survivors rated the exercises as more difficult in the beginning (5–8) and less difficult (1–5) during the last days of use. Stroke survivors reported they had progressed with the exercises, making them more challengingIn the diaries, the stroke survivors report the exercises as being less difficult, which is convergent with what they reported in the interviews. Progression should lead to at least the same level of difficulty.