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Interventions to improve physical activity behaviour

What are the views of patients, relatives and professionals on physical activity behaviour in hospital care?

During a hospital admission, inpatients are at high risk of a reduction in their ability to perform activities of daily living. Although some interventions reduce sedentary time among hospital inpatients, physical inactivity remains a large contributor to functional decline during hospitalisation.

Overall, the authors of this literature review concluded that physical activity behaviour of patients during their hospital stay is a complex phenomenon with multiple interactions at the level of patients, healthcare professionals and hospital culture.

Considering the results of this synthesis, they recommended that multifaceted implementation strategies are needed to improve physical activity intention and behaviour of patients during their hospital stay.

> From: Koenders et al., J Physiother 67 (2021) 115-123 . All rights reserved to Australian Physiotherapy Association. Click here for the online summary.

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