Exercise medicine intends to support patients with healthcare problems to cure or reduce disease burden, complications and the intake of medicine. However, implementation of exercise medicine is hampered by time constraints and competing priorities of treating physicians.
The LOFIT project will develop and evaluate the (cost-) effectiveness of a ‘lifestyle front office’ (LFO), and integrate this office in secondary/tertiary care for patients with non-communicable diseases. In a LFO, dedicated LifeStyle Brookers (LSBs) build in dialogue with the patient motivation for lifestyle change and refer patients to local community-based lifestyle change initiatives (neighborhood lifestyle coaches, etc.), while always maintaining a feedback loop with the treating physician.