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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 adults …