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Practice nurses must get patients to exercise

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The government wants practice nurses to identify inactive adults and get them to exercise, it was announced today.

The government wants practice nurses to identify inactive adults and get them to exercise, it was announced today.

All patients aged 16 to 74 years will need to complete a questionnaire during a consultation, or while waiting in reception.

The practice nurse or GP will enter the responses onto the computer, which will automatically assign a physical activity index and Read Code.

Practice nurses and GPs are then expected to give advice on physical activity and information on opportunities to become more active.

The level of physical activity should be put on the patient record and updated every five years.

www.dh.gov.uk

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