Journal article

Physiotherapist-Led Physical Activity Interventions Are Efficacious at Increasing Physical Activity Levels: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Breanne E Kunstler, Jill L Cook, Nicole Freene, Caroline F Finch, Joanne L Kemp, Paul D O'Halloran, James E Gaida



OBJECTIVE: Physical activity (PA) interventions to address noncommunicable disease (NCD) risk are commonly delivered in private practice and outpatient physiotherapy settings. This study reviewed the efficacy of physiotherapist-led physical activity (PLPA) interventions at improving PA levels. DATA SOURCES: Twelve databases were searched using terms related to both physiotherapy and PA. English-language studies of all designs in adults were included. Meta-analyses were conducted separately for interventions measuring the following: (1) participants meeting recommended PA levels; (2) total PA at short- and long-term follow-up; and (3) total PA achieved after short and long PLPA interventions...

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was conducted by the first author as part of her PhD studies, which were supported by a Federation University Australia PhD Scholarship and supervised by coauthors J. L. Cook, C. F. Finch, J. L. Kemp, and P. D. O'Halloran. The Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) is one of the International Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). B. E. Kunstler is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship provided by Federation University Australia, Dr Kemp is supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (ID 1119971), and Professor Cook is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow (ID 1058493). The remaining authors report no conflicts of interest.