Impact of physician referral on adherence to physical activity in multiple sclerosis


  • People with multiple sclerosis (MS) who receive a physician referral to prescribed exercise are more likely to adhere to physical activity guidelines (PAGs) that those who receive physical activity advice only.

Why this matters

  • Physical activity is an effective therapeutic option for people with MS, but two-thirds of people with the disease do not participate in regular exercise.

  • Physicians should actively refer people to physical activity interventions to increase adherence to this treatment modality and improve outcomes for people living with MS.