Mort Malkin, DDS
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Malkin M.; Encouraging Physical Activity. Ann Intern Med. 1998;128:606. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-128-7-199804010-00034
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(7):606.
TO THE EDITOR:
In Andersen and colleagues' paper on the physician's role in encouraging patients to be more physically active , I found three gems of statements. None was referenced, and I assume that each was the authors' common sense opinion.
1. “Writing the recommendation [for exercise] on a prescription pad may increase the likelihood that the recommendation will be followed.”
2. “A physician's active interest and encouragement in how the patient is succeeding in becoming more physically active can be very helpful in increasing adherence.”
3. “Physicians who set a good example themselves further enhance the importance of the message they wish to send to patients.”
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