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Adult nursing
Meta-analysis examining interventions aimed at reducing sedentary lifestyle in poststroke patients
  1. Muili Lawal
  1. College of Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare, University of West London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Muili Lawal, University of West London, London W5 5RF, England, UK; muili.lawal{at}

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Commentary on: Saunders DH, Mead GE, Fitzsimons C, et al. Interventions for reducing sedentary behaviour in people with stroke (Review). Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2021, 6: 1–19.

Implications for practice and research

  • The impact of stroke may lead to sedentary lifestyle among affected patients.

  • The level of physical activity may act as a buffer to a better quality of life, however, sedentary behaviour is not associated with reduced or increased mortality in people affected with stroke.

  • Further studies are required to bridge clinical and research gaps in this area.


Sedentary behaviour is associated with health risks1 such as heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and adiposity. Due to the perceived benefits of physical activity, the WHO and the Department of Health in England guidelines both recommend replacing sedentary life with physical activity.1 2 Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and depending on the severity of the medical condition, stroke survivors often engage …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.