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Attitudes towards exercise in patients with chronic disease: the influence of comorbid factors on motivation and ability to exercise.
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PMID:  21303819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background Exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. It has a well defined role in maintaining health in chronic illness. This study was undertaken to determine attitudes towards exercise in patients admitted to hospital with medical illnesses. Methods A questionnaire on attitudes to and extent of exercise was devised and administered to patients admitted to an acute medical unit of a large university teaching hospital in 2008. Data were analysed using SPSS. Results 107 patients participated, mean age 57 years (range 20-92): 79% had at least one chronic disease, 60% were overweight, 42% did little or no exercise, while 81% did not achieve moderate physical activity. Factors associated with reduced activity included increasing age, alcohol excess, lower education level, and unemployment. Approximately 50% of the patients blamed health problems while the other half cited lack of time or motivation as reasons for not exercising. Only 3% were aware of national or international exercise recommendations. Conclusions Much greater awareness of the importance of exercise and its impact on health and longevity is needed. Healthcare providers have an important role in exercise education in patients with acute and chronic disease.
Claire-Louise Murphy; Barry J Sheane; Gaye Cunnane
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medical journal     Volume:  87     ISSN:  1469-0756     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med J     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
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Created Date:  2011-02-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234135     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med J     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-100     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rheumatology, St James's Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland.
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