Exercise on prescription: a randomized study on the effect of counseling vs counseling and supervised exercise

Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2008 Jun;18(3):288-97. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2008.00811.x.


The aim of this study was to compare short- (0-4 months) and long-term (0-10 months) effects of high-intensive Exercise on Prescription (EoP) intervention (counseling and supervised exercise) implemented in primary healthcare in a number of Danish counties with a low-intensive intervention (counseling) using maximal oxygen uptake (VO(2max)) as the primary outcome. The study was conducted as a randomized trial in 2005-2006 with a high and a low-intensive group. All the patients referred to the EoP scheme by their GP in the counties of Vejle and Ribe, Denmark, were eligible for the trial. The high-intensive EoP group received 4 months of group-based supervised training and attended five motivational counseling sessions. The low-intensive group only attended four motivational counseling sessions. Three hundred and twenty-seven patients entered the EoP scheme, and 52 (16%) volunteered for the randomized trial. No short- or long-term differences were found between the high and the low-intensive groups for VO(2max) (short-term 95% CI -1.1; 4.4 mL O(2)/(kg min), long-term 95% CI -1.6 to 2.1). The present study did not demonstrate any significant clinical outcome for the high-intensive EoP intervention as opposed to the low-intensive intervention.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Denmark
  • Directive Counseling*
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Quality of Life*
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Time Factors