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BMC Fam Pract. 2010 May 19;11:38. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-11-38.

Factors associated with patients self-reported adherence to prescribed physical activity in routine primary health care.

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  • 1Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University/Region Skåne, Malmö, Sweden. matti.leijon@med.lu.se

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Written prescriptions of physical activity have increased in popularity. Such schemes have mostly been evaluated in terms of efficacy in clinical trials. This study reports on a physical activity prescription referral scheme implemented in routine primary health care (PHC) in Sweden. The aim of this study was to evaluate patients' self-reported adherence to physical activity prescriptions at 3 and 12 months and to analyse different characteristics associated with adherence to these prescriptions.

METHODS:

Prospective prescription data were obtained for the general population in 37 of 42 PHC centres in Ostergötland County, during 2004. The study population consisted of 3300.

RESULTS:

The average adherence rate to the prescribed activity was 56% at 3 months and 50% at 12 months. In the multiple logistic regression models, higher adherence was associated with higher activity level at baseline and with prescriptions including home-based activities.

CONCLUSIONS:

Prescription from ordinary PHC staff yielded adherence in half of the patients in this PAR scheme follow-up.

PMID:
20482851
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PMCID:
PMC2881909
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