Journal article

The Effects of Exercise and Relaxation on Health and Wellbeing

Hannah Forbes, Eleonora Fichera, Anne Rogers, Matt Sutton

HEALTH ECONOMICS | WILEY | Published : 2017


Better management by individuals of their long-term conditions is promoted to improve health and reduce healthcare expenditure. However, there is limited evidence on the determinants and consequences of self-management activity. We investigate the determinants of two forms of self-management, exercise and relaxation, and their impact on the health and wellbeing of 3472 individuals with long-term health conditions over a 1-year period. We use simultaneous recursive trivariate models to estimate the effects of these two inputs on three health and wellbeing outcomes: the EuroQol five-dimensional (EQ-5D) score, self-assessed health and happiness. We reflect the opportunity cost of time and knowl..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This is an independent research supported by the National Institute for Health Research (Research Methods Fellowship MET 12-22) and the Medical Research Council (Early Career Fellowship in Economics of Health MR/K021583/1). The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health.