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Does physical activity reduce seniors' need for health care? : A study of 24,281 Canadians

TitleDoes physical activity reduce seniors' need for health care? : A study of 24,281 Canadians
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWoolcott, J. C., Ashe M. C., Miller W. C., Shi P., and Marra C.
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Abstract

Objective: Physical inactivity has been associated with significant increases in disease morbidity and mortality. This study assessed the association between physical activity and 1) healthcare resource utilizations and 2) healthcare resource utilization costs.Design and participants: The responses from 24,281 respondents >65 years of age to the Canadian Community Health Survey Cycle 1.1 were utilized to find activity levels and determine healthcare utilization and costs. Logistic regression was completed to assess risks of hospitalization.Results: Physical inactivity was associated with statistically significant increases to hospitalizations, lengths of stay and healthcare visits (p65 years of age, physical activity is strongly association with reduced healthcare utilization and costs.

URLhttp://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2009/10/23/bjsm.2008.057216.short
DOI10.1136/bjsm.2008.057216