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Commentary on: Harris T, Limb ES, Hosking F, et al. Effect of pedometer-based walking interventions on long-term health outcomes: prospective 4-year follow-up of two randomised controlled trials using routine primary care data. PLoS Med 2019;16:e1002836.
Implications for practice and research
A primary care pedometer-based intervention can be an effective and scalable approach for increasing physical activity, and potentially improving long-term health outcomes.
Further research is needed for testing the effects of comparable physical activity to identify if outcomes differ across diseases depending on the length of follow-up and change in the physical activity levels.
Long-term diseases are a priority health concern globally, and associated with considerable disease burden,1 lowered quality of life,2 morbidity and mortality.1 2 Prompt and evidence-based approaches for the prevention and optimal management of long-term diseases are imperative. Although the association between physical inactivity and long-term disease has been well-established,1 evidence …
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