Physical activity in the treatment of long term conditions

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About the course

BMJ Learning offers a wide range of evidence-based learning modules on a variety of clinical specialties, covering the topics you face daily. These interactive modules will enable you stay up-to-date while training and testing your skills.

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After completing this course of modules, you should:

  • Know how physical activity compares with other modifiable behaviours, such as smoking and diet, as a risk factor for mortality
  • Know the Chief Medical Officer guidelines for physical activity in the UK
  • Understand the mechanisms behind how physical activity can both prevent and treat a range of major diseases
  • Understand how physical activity is important in the prevention and treatment of the following conditions:


Diabetes mellitus

Osteoarthritis and lower back pain

Cardiovascular disease

COPD and asthma

Mental health (depression and anxiety)

  • Know the important safety considerations for recommending physical activity in these conditions
  • Know the principles of promoting physical activity in primary care.

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