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Randomised controlled trial
Physical activity can successfully be promoted to older adults within a primary care setting by trained nurses
  1. Mutrie Nanette,
  2. Graham Baker
  1. Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Mutrie Nanette, Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, UK; nanette.mutrie{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • General practitioners (GPs) should consider using nurses to promote physical activity.

  • Evidence suggests that most older adults need help and support to increase daily walking and gain health benefits.

  • Support can be provided by trained practice nurses and minimal additional resources.

  • Further research is needed on how best to attract the interest of older adults to this opportunity to increase physical activity and how nurse-led promotion of activity can be extended to segments of the population other than older adults.


Physical inactivity has been recognised as a leading cause of non-communicable diseases. Older …

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