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Table 1 Scheme inclusion/exclusion criteria and trial eligibility

From: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of the Welsh National Exercise Referral Scheme: protocol for trial and integrated economic and process evaluation

Scheme inclusion criteria Scheme exclusion criteria Trial eligibility
The patient must be sedentary (defined as not moderately active for 3 or more times per week or deconditioned through age or inactivity), and have at least one of the following medical conditions:
CHD risk factors
• Raised blood pressure more than 140/90 (either) but less than 180/100 (either)
• Weight management
• BMI greater than 28
• Controlled diabetes
• Impaired glucose tolerance
• High cholesterol greater than 5.0
• Family history of heart disease or diabetes
• Referral from Cardiac Rehabilitation Schemes (only from phase IV)
Mental health
• Mild anxiety, depression or stress
Musculoskeletal
• At risk of Osteoporosis
• Arthritis (mild)
• Poor mobility
• Musculoskeletal pain including back pain
Neurological conditions
• Multiple sclerosis
Respiratory/pulmonary
• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
- Mild/moderate well controlled (asthma, bronchitis, emphysema)
Other
• Smoker
• Chronic fatigue
• Aged 16 or under
• Unstable angina
• Blood pressure 180/100 (in either) or above and/or uncontrolled or poorly controlled hypertension
• Cardio myopathy
• Uncontrolled tachycardia
• Cardiac arrhythmia
• Valvular heart disease
• Congenital heart disease
• Unexplained dizzy spells
• Excessive or unexplained breathlessness on exertion
• Uncontrolled or poorly controlled diabetes
• Uncontrolled or poorly controlled epilepsy
• History of falls or dizzy spells in the last 12 months
• Uncontrolled or poorly controlled asthma (severe COPD)
• First 12 weeks of pregnancy
• Awaiting medical investigation
• Aneurysms
• Cerebro-vascular disease
• Unstable/newly diagnosed angina (within 6 months)
• Established coronary heart disease (including myocardial infarction)
• Any other uncontrolled condition
The patient must be sedentary and have at least one of the following condition:
CHD risk factors
• raised blood pressure more than 140/90 (either) but less than 180/100 (either)
• weight management
• BMI greater than 28
• controlled diabetes
• impaired glucose tolerance
• high cholesterol greater than 5.0
• family history of heart disease or diabetes
• referral from Cardiac Rehabilitation Scheme (only from phase IV) , and or
Mental health
• mild anxiety, depression or stress