A brief office intervention is associated with increased days per week of exercise

Robert Jonathan Ostfeld, Yat Wa Cheung, Ilana Saal, Gregory Janis, Yolanda Cabeza, Yunling Du, Sylvia Smoller, Judith Wylie-Rosett

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Objective: We hypothesized that a cardiologist-initiated motivational discussion during a routine general cardiology clinic visit that included an exercise 'contract' signed by the patient, physician and a witness, would increase self-reported days per week of exercise. Methods: A short-term pilot intervention was provided to forty consecutive general cardiology clinic patients who were enrolled in 2005. They were asked to answer the question "How many days each week do you exercise" prior to the motivational discussion and at routine follow-up. Each participant signed an exercise 'contract' and agreed to exercise for at least 15 min everyday. Results: Participants had an average follow-up of 3.2 (1.7) months. The initial visit mean days of exercise per week were 3.1 (1.9). At follow-up, mean days of exercise per week were 4.0 (1.8), (p = 0.04). Conclusion: This simple rapid intervention was associated with increased self-reported days per week of exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-415
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 25 2008



  • Contract
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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