The PIE=M project: development of a tool to support exercise as medicine in hospital care

Adrie Bouma

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Physical inactivity has led to an increase in the prevalence of lifestyle-related chronic diseases on a global scale. There is a need for more awareness surrounding the preventive and curative role of a physically active lifestyle in healthcare. The prescription of physical activity in clinical care has been advocated worldwide through the ‘exercise is medicine’ (E=M) paradigm. However, E=M currently has no position in general routine hospital care, which is hypothesized to be due to attitudinal and practical barriers to implementation. This study aims to create an E=M tool to reduce practical barriers to enforcing E=M in hospital care. Firstly, this project will perform qualitative research to study the current implementation status of E=M in clinical care as well as its facilitators and barriers to implementation among clinicians and hospital managers. Secondly, an E=M tool towards application of active lifestyle interventions will be developed, based on a prediction model of individual determinants of physical activity behavior and local big data, which will result in a tailored advice for patients on motivation and physical activity. Thirdly, the feasibility of implementing the E=M-tool, as designed within this project, will be investigated with a process evaluation, conducting a pilot-study which will integrate the tool in routine care in at least four clinical departments in two Dutch hospitals. This project will give insight in the current implementation status of E=M and in factors that influence the actual E=M implementation. Secondly, an E=M tool will be designed providing a tailored E=M prescription for patients as part of clinical care. Thirdly, an implementation strategy will be developed for implementation of the E=M tool in clinical practice. This project envisages an extensive continuation of research on the implementation of E=M, supports the mutual decision making process of lifestyle referral of clinicians and will provide insights which can be used to assist in implementing physically active lifestyle prescription in the medical curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2018
EventRehab Move Congress: Mobility, exercise and sports -
Duration: 12 Dec 201814 Dec 2018


ConferenceRehab Move Congress


  • health care
  • physical activity

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