Long-term health outcomes associated with an exercise referral scheme : an observational longitudinal follow-up study

Prior, F ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8244-522X, Coffey, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5837-5532, Robins, A and Cook, PA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6435-8050 2019, 'Long-term health outcomes associated with an exercise referral scheme : an observational longitudinal follow-up study' , Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 16 (4) , pp. 288-293.

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Background: Exercise referral schemes (ERSs) support inactive adults, who have chronic health conditions, to become physically active. Uncertainty exists regarding the effectiveness of ERSs, with few studies evaluating their long-term impact. The aims of this study were to evaluate the long-term impact (12 mo) of participation in an ERS on self-reported physical activity (PA) and a range of health-related outcomes.

Methods: Data were analyzed for participants of a 24-week ERS who attended a week 52 follow-up between July 2015 and 2017. PA and health-related outcomes collected at weeks 1, 24, and 52 were analyzed using the Friedman test and Wilcoxon signed-ranks test.

Results: A total of 273 participants attended the week 52 follow-up. Self-reported PA significantly increased by a median of 636 MET minutes at week 52. There were also significant improvements in body mass index, systolic blood pressure, mental well-being, and health-related quality of life.

Conclusions: For every 8 participants referred to this 24-week ERS, 1 participant went on to show long-term improvements in at least 1 health indicator. The evidence base requires further long-term evaluations to confirm these findings across a range of ERS providers. Changes in self-reported PA would be supported by the inclusion of device-based measurment of PA.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISSN: 1543-3080
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Funders: Sport England, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Public Health
Depositing User: Faye Prior
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2019 07:39
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 01:21
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50596

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