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Research in Exercise Science
Recent research indicates positive patient outcomes when physical activity is assessed as a vital sign at primary care visits and tracked over time as a health indicator.
Cheri Pettitt, Ph.D.
Implementation of Physical Activity as a Vital Sign (PAVS) at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota
Recent research indicates positive patient outcomes when physical activity is assessed as a vital sign at primary care visits and tracked over time as a health indicator. Following the lead of the Exercise is Medicine initiative, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota adopted physical activity as a vital sign (PAVS) within their electronic medical record (EMR) in 2013. Primary care providers at 19 different clinical sites across southern Minnesota are now able to easily assess their patient’s physical activity levels and counsel patients that are not meeting minimum guidelines for aerobic exercise.
Primary care provider support was key to the success of the PAVS initiative at Mayo Clinic Health System. The initial support for integrating physical activity in the Mayo Clinic Health System began when health care providers from across the Mayo Clinic Health System attended a half-day Saturday training course as a sign of their commitment to improving their patients’ health outcomes.
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