The researchers conclude their paper by suggesting that exercise counseling should be added to both clinical training curriculum and continuing medical education. In addition, they suggest that healthcare providers receive a program that would help them identify patients with arthritis who are inactive. Providers can then refer these patients to evidence-based community programs. Finally, the authors point physicians to the Exercise Is Medicine Initiative, which works to make the scientifically proven benefits of physical activity recognized in healthcare systems around the world.
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Lara C. Pullen, PhD, is a medical writer based in the Chicago area.
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