How do we promote our persistent disease patients to ‘Love Activity?’ #Physiotalk 22nd July

Our next chat is on Monday 22nd July at 8.30pm BST. It is being hosted by Joe Curtin from the East of England CSP Regional network @CSP_EOE

We as physios are all familiar with the benefits of physical activity for everyone, let alone those who are diagnosed with persistent conditions like arthritis, COPD, cancer, and beyond.


Physical inactivity has been closely linked to increasing the risk and burden of many persistent diseases, and the removal of this behaviour can improve health substantially (Lee et al 2012).

Physical activity has also been acknowledged as the most economically effective intervention or “best buy” for public health, along with reducing the risk of progression of chronic disease, and improve quality of life, and improving overall ability to function physically (US Department of Health and Human Service 2018)

All UK based physios will be familiar with the CSP’s ‘Love Activity’

campaign designed to get the nation moving.

The campaign is designed to offer expert advice and guidance from physiotherapy staff to patients, and gives practical tips for getting started, useful condition-specific insights and inspiring stories to motivate and inspire patients to begin activity. Information like this is best shared, so we at the CSP East of England Regional Network hope to facilitate this talk this evening.



Questions to consider

  • We want to know what area you work in, your most rewarding patient story, and strategies to promote activity in these persistent condition patients.
  • What are your reflections on the challenges of encouraging inactive patients to become more physically active?
  • Could you share your most rewarding patient story of encouraging physical activity?
  • Have you signed up to the Love Activity campaign?
  • What strategies are you using to promote physical activity to patients with persistent conditions?
  • What are you going to bring forward to use with your patient cohort?



Lee, I.-M., Shiroma, E.J., Lobelo, F., Puska, P., Blair, S.N., Katzmarzyk, P.T. and Group, L.P.A.S.W. (2012) ‘Effect of physical inactivity on major non-communicable diseases worldwide: an analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy’, The Lancet, 380(9838), 219-229

US Department of Health and Human Services (2018) ‘Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report’. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services.

Resources for Patients with Specific Persistent Conditions:

Your host

Joe Curtin is a Rotational Physiotherapist working at Ipswich Hospital, as part of the East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust. Joe qualified from the University of Limerick in 2018, with a BSc in Physiotherapy. He is also a member of the East of England CSP Regional Network. His research interests include secondary prevention of persistent disease, and mHealth. Through reflecting with his colleagues in the CSP EoERN, and nationally, all AHPs struggle to engage with those decreased activity levels to engage in Physical activity.


If you missed the chat you can catch up with the transcript here

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