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Brief health professional-provided interventions may lead to small improvements in physical activity
  1. Melvyn Hillsdon
  1. Department of Sport and Health Science, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Melvyn Hillsdon
    Department of Sport and Health Science, St Luke's Campus, Exeter EX1 2LA, UK; M.Hillsdon{at}

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A physically active lifestyle helps us to prevent and manage over 20 chronic conditions.1 Despite this, over 60% of adults in England are below recommended levels of physical activity.1 The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has advised that general practitioners (GPs) should identify inactive patients and advise them to increase their physical activity.2 The Primary Care Physical Activity Care Pathway also promotes GP screening and advice as does government policy.3 ,4 However, what the brief intervention should be is not described either in the pathway or …

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