Self-reported adherence: A method for evaluating prescribed physical activity in primary health care patients
2009 (English)In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, ISSN 1543-3080, Vol. 6, no 4, 483-492 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Physical activity on prescription, as a method for increasing physical activity, has attracted attention in recent years. However, few studies have examined adherence as a primary outcome variable. The aim of this article was to examine self-reported adherence to individualized prescribed physical activity in a routine primary health care setting. Methods: Patients receiving an individualized physical activity on prescription (FaR) for prevention or treatment of disease were recruited from 13 Swedish primary health care units. Self-reported adherence, physical activity level, readiness to change to a more physically active lifestyle, and well-being were measured with questions at baseline and after 6 months in 240 patients (mean age 51, range 12 to 80, 75% women). Results: At the 6-month follow-up a majority (65%) of the patients reported adherence to the prescription. Partial adherence was reported by 19% and nonadher- ence by 16%. There was a relationship between adherence and well-being and stages of action or maintenance. Conclusions: The results demonstrate that adherence to physical activity on prescription is as good as adherence to other treatments for chronic diseases. This is significant because even a small increase in physical activity is important both on an individual level and for public health.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 6, no 4, 483-492 p.
Clinical research; Exercise prescription; Health behavior; Health promotion; Intervention study; Public health
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21276ISI: 000279664400012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21276DiVA: diva2:241052