Physical Activity Effects on Health Care Utilization

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: May 25, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: June 2000
To determine the magnitude of the relationship between physical activity level and subsequent health care utilization over a seven to ten week period in a general population.

Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Natural History

Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Study Start Date: September 1992
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 1993
Detailed Description:


In recent years, the benefits of a physically active lifestyle have been well established with respect to chronic health problems such as coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity and osteoporosis. However, the extent to which physical activity influences health care utilization is less clear. If physical activity levels are inversely associated with utilization patterns, then policies encouraging exercise may produce short-term reduction in health care costs.


A multivariate regression analysis was conducted for a representative sample of more than 600 adults who participated in a longitudinal field trial of health risk appraisal instruments. Using the Harvard Alumni Activity Survey as the physical activity measure, the analysis controlled for a variety of predisposing, enabling, and need characteristics that also influenced utilization behavior.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria
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  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00005415     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 4333 
Study First Received: May 25, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

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Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on February 09, 2016