Relationship between patient attendance and completion with BMI after participation in Lincolnshire’s Exercise Referral programme

Henderson, Hannah and Middleton, Geoff and Mullineaux, David (2016) Relationship between patient attendance and completion with BMI after participation in Lincolnshire’s Exercise Referral programme. In: Public Health England Annual Conference 2016, 13 - 14 Sept 2016, University of Warwick.

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Introduction: Completers of an Exercise Referral (ER) programme are patients that attend the final session in a 12-week period, regardless of the number of weeks attended. This study evaluated attendance and Body Mass Index (BMI) changes in completers of an ER programme.
Methods: Secondary analysis of a multi-site Lincolnshire Exercise Referral database (2009-2012). Chi-squared was used to test the association between completing the ER programme (completer or non-completer) and patient attendance (total number of sessions attended). Logistic regression was used to test the association between BMI and patient attendance.
Results: Out of all patients (6637), 4134 (62.3%) completed the ER programme. There was a significant (p<0.001) decrease in BMI of 1.1 kg/m2 in patients who completed the 12-week programme (32.7±7.0 to 31.6±7.5 kg/m2), and 96.7% of completers attended 9 or more weeks (75% of the weeks). The patients attending less than nine weeks had significantly greater odds of not completing the ER programme (p<0.001), whereas those attending 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks (odds of 2.6, 7.6, 21.7 and 62.1 times respectively) were more likely to complete. No significant relationship was detected between the overall number of sessions attended and the decrease in BMI (p>0.05).
Conclusion: Weekly attendance of 75% or more is important for patients to complete a 12-week ER programme. The total number of sessions attended was not an important influence on BMI, which questions the need for ER practitioners to record attendance on a session-by-session basis.

Keywords:Exercise referral, Body Mass Index
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Deposited On:09 Oct 2016 09:21

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