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Review: use of pedometers increases physical activity in adults

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D M Bravata

Dr D M Bravata, Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford, CA, USA;


In adult outpatients, does the use of pedometers increase physical activity?


Studies selected assessed pedometer use among >5 adult outpatients. Studies were excluded if participants were admitted to hospital or confined to a research centre, pedometers were sealed so that participants in the intervention group could not see the number of steps, or pedometers were used to measure the effects of a drug on a person’s ability to be physically active. Outcome was change in number of steps walked daily.


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  • Source of funding: National Institute on Aging and, in part, National Science Foundation.