activity and physical fitness are closely linked—that is, a measure of an
individual's habitual level of physical activity including exercise is closely
correlated to his or her level of physical fitness. A new APTA podcast focuses on screening for inactivity.
The podcast distinguishes between physical activity and physical fitness, explains the use of physical activity to screen for issues of impaired physical
fitness, and provides information on what to do with the results of
the screen. It also gives examples illustrating various types of patients and
the role that physical activity plays in their overall health.
This new podcast is part of a web presence
titled "Vital Signs and Other Patient Screenings" and is included in
a series of podcasts titled "Extracting Hidden Gems from Simple Clinical
Measures." This podcast combined
with part 1 and part 2 of the podcast series
"Inactivity: An Epidemic," available at www.apta.org/PreventionWellness, explains why information about physical activity
is valuable, how to gather the data, and what to do with the data based on the
different results obtained.
APTA podcasts are prerecorded discussions and
interviews, not live events. Members can listen to podcasts at their
convenience by clicking on the links provided in News Now articles, visiting www.apta.org/podcasts/,
or subscribing to APTA podcasts on iTunes.
Providers can dramatically improve American health care by focusing on value instead of
volume, eliminating wasteful and inappropriate care, applying the best
available evidence to practice, enhancing patient safety, and strengthening
primary care, says RAND Health in 1 of 4 new research briefs dedicated to
flattening the trajectory of health care spending.
new series, RAND outlines 4 broad strategies for constraining spending growth
without compromising quality in the nation's market-oriented health care
system: foster efficient and accountable providers, engage and empower
consumers, promote population health, and facilitate high-value innovation.
more about RAND's proposals to make public reports more meaningful to
consumers, encourage health at the local level, promote high-value innovation,
and read key findings, by clicking on the briefs at the bottom of the tabbed topics areas.