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

Matti Leijon, Preben Bendtsen, Agneta Stahle, Kerstin Ekberg, Karin Festin, Per Nilsen

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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 Ostergotland 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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Family Practice
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Psychiatry/Primary Care/Public Health (013240500), Family medicine, cardiovascular epidemiology and lifestyle (013240038), Family medicine, psychiatric epidemiology and migration (013240037)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy

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