Exercise on Prescription: A Cross-sectional Study with Self-reported Outcome

Background: Exercise on prescription (EOP) is an attempt to increase physical activity among sedentary adults with signs of or established lifestyle diseases. Until now, no studies have focused on patients with chronic diseases and how they assess the long-term effect of participating in EOP consisting of supervised interventions of different intensities. This study aims to describe and compare self-reported physical activity in the long term among participants in three EOP modules of different intensities.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 1,152 former participants in EOP between July 2005 and May 2007 in two Danish counties. Physical activity was measured as number of days with a minimum 30 minutes of moderate/vigorous activity.
Results: Seventy-five percent (n=854) returned the questionnaire. Of these, 36% reported being physically active ≥ 5 days/week. Significant changes in leisure-time activities were found, with 29% recalling their leisure time as sedentary before entering EOP, dropping to 15% after participation in EOP. Time post-intervention did not influence the numbers reporting to be physical active negatively.
Conclusions: This study in community-dwelling adults with chronic diseases participating in EOP finds that approx. one-third reports being physically active in the long term post-intervention, but no differences between the modalities were found.
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TidsskriftJournal of Physical Activity & Health
Udgave nummer2
Peer reviewJa


  • Syddansk Universitet
  • Sorø Kommune
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