Feature Article : Is Your Exercise Program impeding adherence? By Devdeep Ahuja

In the previous articles of this series on the determinants of rehabilitation adherence, I have discussed the impact of therapeutic relationships as well as patient’s social interactions on rehabilitation adherence. But one of the key determinant of adherence is the nature of exercise program. This includes the number and complexity of exercises, their adaptation into the routine, specificity to the client and patient’s understanding of the program. If a patient had an expectation of being a passive recipient of physiotherapy intervention like massage or mobilisation, they may not be keen on undertaking a home exercise program (HEP). In contrast, patients who are physically active and enjoy their exercises considered home exercise program as an opportunity to take control of their own recovery.

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