Daily physical activity in patients with a chronic disease

Dontje, M., 2014, [S.l.]: s.n.. 152 p.

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  • Manon Dontje
Regular physical activity is important for patients with a chronic disease, because it can decrease the progression of the disease and improves quality of life. Not only exercise has beneficial health effects, but also daily physical activity such as walking, cycling, and gardening. This dissertation describes five studies aimed at daily physical activity in patients with a chronic disease. Those studies have demonstrated that despite the important role of physical activity in the management of chronic diseases, most patients do not increase their physical activity after diagnosis. This dissertation shows that many patients with a chronic disease such as heart disease or Parkinson’s disease are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity, and that there is a large variability in physical activity between patients. The level of physical activity can be determined by numerous different factors, but this dissertation suggests that the disease itself is not the most important factor. Finally, a few recommendations are formulated. First, in order to exactly evaluate the amount of physical activity in patients, current guidelines must be more concrete, individually tailored, and disease specific. Second, it is recommended to use performance based methods to measure physical activity and to follow literature based guidelines regarding (pre)processing accelerometer data as much as possible. This will allow researchers and health care providers to compare physical activity of patients between different studies. Lastly, this dissertation emphasizes that health care providers should take more responsibility for stimulating inactive patients to become more physically active in daily life.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
Award date16-Jun-2014
Place of Publication[S.l.]
Print ISBNs978-90-367-7042-2
Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-7041-5
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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