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An evaluation of the efficacy of the exercise on referral scheme in Northumberland, UK: association with physical activity and predictors of engagement. A naturalistic observation study

  ABSTRACT
Objectives: Exercise on referral schemes (ERS) are widely commissioned in the UK but there is little evidence of their association with physical activity levels. We sought to assess the Northumberland
exercise on referral scheme in terms of increased levels of physical activity and identify predictors of engagement.

Design: A naturalistic observational study.

Setting: 9 local authority leisure sites in Northumberland.

Participants: 2233 patients referred from primary and secondary care between July 2009 and September 2010.

Intervention: A 24-week programme including motivational consultations and supervised exercise sessions for participants.

Outcome measures: Uptake, 12-week adherence, 24-week completion, changes in Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire scores after 24-weeks and attendance levels at supervised exercise sessions during the scheme. Three binary logistic regressions were used to examine demographic and referral factors associated with initial uptake, 12-week adherence and 24-week completion.

Results: Uptake was 81% (n=1811), 12-week adherence was 53.5% (n=968) and 24-week completion was 42.9% (n=777). Participants who completed significantly increased their self-reported physical activity levels at 24-weeks t (638)=−11.55, p

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    01 August 2013

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    BMJ

  • DOI:

    10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002849

  • Cross Ref:

    10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002849

  • ISSN:

    2044-6055

  • Library of Congress:

    GV Recreation Leisure

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    613 Personal health & safety

Citation

Hanson, C. L., Allin, L. J., Ellis, J. G. & Dodd-Reynolds, C. J. (2013). An evaluation of the efficacy of the exercise on referral scheme in Northumberland, UK: association with physical activity and predictors of engagement. A naturalistic observation study. BMJ Open. 3(8), e002849. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002849. ISSN 2044-6055

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Keywords

Referral schemes, physical activity, Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire scores,

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