Older Adults Receiving Exercise Counseling
Being physically active can prevent and help treat many of the most common chronic medical conditions associated with old age.
The percentage of patients who received exercise counseling generally decreased as patient age increased.
Exercise counseling was defined as follows: "Any topics related to the patient's physical conditioning or fitness. Examples include information aimed at general health promotion and disease prevention and information given to treat or control a specific medical condition. Includes referrals to other health and fitness professionals, but does not include referrals for physical therapy."
The patient's primary-care physician or provider was defined by survey respondents in physician offices and hospital outpatient departments who responded "yes" to the question "Are you the patient's primary-care physician?" Visit data were reweighted to provide estimates of patients receiving counseling during any visit within the preceding 12 months.
During 2003--2005, among separate age groups of male and female patients aged >45 years, men aged 45--54 years were most likely (22.1%) to receive exercise counseling from their primary-care physician. Women aged >75 years were least likely (9.2%) to receive exercise counseling. For both men and women, the percentage of patients who received exercise counseling generally decreased as patient age increased.
DATA SOURCE: 2003--2005 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data files. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. QuickStats: Estimated Percentage of Patients Aged >45 Years Who Received Exercise Counseling from Their Primary-Care Physicians, by Sex and Age Group --- National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2003--2005. MMWR 2007;56:43(1142).
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