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Development and Implementation of Renal Exercise Prescription Packs to Renal Units in the UK

Development and Implementation of Renal Exercise Prescription Packs to Renal Units in the UK

The challenge

Research suggests that regular exercise can be beneficial to haemodialysis patients. Regular exercise has been shown to improve several health outcomes which includes improved fitness, muscle strength, functional ability, general wellbeing and overall quality of life. Patients who receive maintenance haemodialysis are required to attend hospital several days per week and for long periods of time. This can result in patients becoming physically inactive and overtime can impair their physical functioning.

The research

Our research group - Dr Jennifer Cooney, Dr Jamie Macdonald and Professor Jane Noyes of Bangor University and the Wales Kidney Research Unit have received funding from the Bangor University Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account to carry out an impact project. The aim of this project is to help renal units incorporate physical exercise as part of routine care.

To do so we are working in partnership with patients and health care professionals from several renal units in Wales and England to develop and implement renal exercise prescription packs for use in UK renal units. We are currently holding group discussions with patients and health professionals to discuss exercise during dialysis and other exercise options available to patients.

The results

This project is ongoing. Information from the group discussions will be used to develop and create exercise prescription packs that can be used by renal units to help and support patients who wish to become more physically active.

The impact

Renal units can help and support patients to be more physically active on a regular basis. This will improve the health and quality of life of the haemodialysis patients in the study cohort. Findings can support new more regular exercise regimes in renal units across the UK. You can read all about MOVE and download the outcomes on the study website here.


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