Half of patients given exercise prescriptions are more active a year later

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 15 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2084
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    More than half of patients who were prescribed physical activity were more active a year later, research has shown (Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2008.00820.x).

    A study of 6300 patients who were given primary care prescriptions designed to improve their levels of activity shows that the proportion of inactive patients dropped from 33% to 17% after three months.

    “Half of the patients increased their physical activity, with the largest increase found among those who were least active at baseline, which indicates that the intervention was effective in increasing physical activity in those who gained the most,” say the …

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