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The Effect of a Physical Activity Program on the Total Number of Primary Care Visits in Inactive Patients: A 15-Month Randomized Controlled Trial

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dc.contributor Universitat de Vic. Facultat d'Educació, Traducció i Ciències Humanes
dc.contributor Universitat de Vic. Grup de Recerca en Esport i Activitat Física
dc.contributor.author Giné-Garriga, Maria
dc.contributor.author Martin, Carme
dc.contributor.author Puig Ribera, Anna
dc.contributor.author Martín Cantera, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Solà Gonfaus, Mercè
dc.contributor.author Cuesta-Vargas, A.
dc.contributor.author Albarrilla, E.
dc.contributor.author Muñoz, M.
dc.contributor.author Castillo-Ramos, Eva
dc.contributor.author Guiu, Agustí
dc.contributor.author Cascos, Anna
dc.contributor.author Fernández, E.
dc.contributor.author Martínez, C.
dc.contributor.author Duran Bellido, Eulàlia
dc.contributor.author Rivera, M.
dc.contributor.author Castro, M.
dc.contributor.author Roig, I.
dc.contributor.author Pérez, C.
dc.contributor.author Briones, E.
dc.contributor.author Del Val, José Luis
dc.contributor.author Rodríguez-Alcázar, M.
dc.contributor.author Jiménez Grande, Miguel
dc.contributor.author Sampedro Fernández, J.
dc.contributor.author Martín Ruiz, Maria del Carmen
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-12T08:32:04Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-12T08:32:04Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Giné-Garriga M, Martin-Borràs C, Puig-Ribera A, Martín-Cantera C, Solà M, et al. (2013) The Effect of a Physical Activity Program on the Total Number of Primary Care Visits in Inactive Patients: A 15-Month Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE 8(6): e66392. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066392 ca_ES
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10854/2300
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background: Effective promotion of exercise could result in substantial savings in healthcare cost expenses in terms of direct medical costs, such as the number of medical appointments. However, this is hampered by our limited knowledge of how to achieve sustained increases in physical activity. Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of a Primary Health Care (PHC) based physical activity program in reducing the total number of visits to the healthcare center among inactive patients, over a 15-month period. Research Design: Randomized controlled trial. Subjects: Three hundred and sixty-two (n = 362) inactive patients suffering from at least one chronic condition were included. One hundred and eighty-three patients (n = 183; mean (SD); 68.3 (8.8) years; 118 women) were randomly allocated to the physical activity program (IG). One hundred and seventy-nine patients (n = 179; 67.2 (9.1) years; 106 women) were allocated to the control group (CG). The IG went through a three-month standardized physical activity program led by physical activity specialists and linked to community resources. Measures: The total number of medical appointments to the PHC, during twelve months before and after the program, was registered. Self-reported health status (SF-12 version 2) was assessed at baseline (month 0), at the end of the intervention (month 3), and at 12 months follow-up after the end of the intervention (month 15). Results: The IG had a significantly reduced number of visits during the 12 months after the intervention: 14.8 (8.5). The CG remained about the same: 18.2 (11.1) (P = .002). Conclusions: Our findings indicate that a 3-month physical activity program linked to community resources is a shortduration, effective and sustainable intervention in inactive patients to decrease rates of PHC visits. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00714831 ca_ES
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dc.format.extent 8 p. ca_ES
dc.language.iso eng ca_ES
dc.publisher Public Library of Science ca_ES
dc.rights Aquest document està subjecte a aquesta llicència Creative Commons ca_ES
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/ ca_ES
dc.subject.other Exercici -- Aspectes higiènics ca_ES
dc.title The Effect of a Physical Activity Program on the Total Number of Primary Care Visits in Inactive Patients: A 15-Month Randomized Controlled Trial ca_ES
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article ca_ES
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/doi:10.1371/journalpone.0066392.
dc.rights.accesRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess ca_ES
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