Letters Futility of nagging

Merit of nagging policy makers as part of a comprehensive campaign to effect change

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5293 (Published 07 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5293
  1. Anthony A Laverty, research fellow1,
  2. Simon Capewell, professor of clinical epidemiology2
  1. 1School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, UK
  2. 2Department of Public Health and Policy, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  1. a.laverty{at}imperial.ac.uk

McCartney raises several important points on the futility of nagging patients to be more physically active.1 Her alternative to nagging patients is to nag policy makers. This strategy has merits, particularly if part of a comprehensive campaign.

Examination of any guides on how to influence policy finds that relationship building is key. The public health and medical communities …

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