Patients pay attention when prescribed physical exercise

It seems to be working in primary care

Advising patients about physical activity and writing them an exercise prescription pays off - but there’s still an emphasis on pharmacotherapy in general practice, new Australian research has found.

Doctors are most willing to prescribe exercise to patients who have chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease, according to an analysis of exercise advice given by 365 GPs across Australia to more than 6000 patients with high blood pressure.

The patients most likely to be prescribed physical activity were those