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Table 1 Intervention description using the Template for Intervention Description and Replication (TIDieR) checklist

From: Effectiveness of workshops to teach a home-based exercise program (BEST at Home) for preventing falls in community-dwelling people aged 65 years and over: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial

Checklist item  
1. Brief name Balance Exercise Strength Training (BEST) at Home (lower limb) trial
2. Why Falls are a major and increasing public health issue. More than 25% of people 65 years and over fall at least once each year. Balance and strength training has been shown to reduce the risk of falling in older people.
3. What materials Participants in the intervention group received:
- an exercise program designed to improve balance and strength in the lower limbs (including exercise instruction, printed manual and weights);
- a booklet on preventing falls titled ‘Staying active and on your feet’
Participants in the control group received:
- an exercise program designed to improve upper limb strength and mobility (including exercise instruction, printed manual, weights and exercise band)
4. What procedures Both the intervention and control groups received three group-based exercise instruction sessions and three measurement sessions.
5. Who provided Physiotherapists delivered the exercise instruction. Physiotherapists and exercise physiologists conducted the measurements.
6. How The exercise instruction was delivered face to face in small groups of approximately 10 participants.
7. Where In the community of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions, NSW, Australia.
8. When and how much Exercise instruction sessions were held in weeks 1, 4 and 12 (1 h duration). Participants were asked to perform the exercises three times per week for 12 months. The first measurement session occurred at baseline before the participant was randomised. The second and third measurement sessions were held at 12 weeks and 6 months. Final questionnaires were posted to participants at 12 months.
9. Tailoring Exercises were tailored by the physiotherapist for each participant, to meet their level of ability.
10. Modifications No modifications were made.
11. How well (planned) Adherence to the exercise program was assessed by self-reported exercise sessions, which were marked on calendars (and returned monthly)
12. How well (actual) Participants were asked to perform the exercises 3 times per week. Participants in the intervention group completed an average of 94 sessions over the 12 month period (less than twice per week).
Participants in the control group completed an average of 104 sessions over the 12 month period (twice per week).