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PAD is the third most common form of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in the world. It carries a high social and human impact, significantly reducing the quality of life for sufferers. The WHO states that the prevalence of PAD in low income countries necessitates urgent action.

New research by the QRCPVD will study the efficacy of behavioural counselling provided by allied health professionals to promote physical activity among people with PAD, with the aim of developing an effective approach for health systems to manage the problem.

Physical activity is highly recommended for patients with PAD, and can improve quality of life by increasing walking capacity, and reducing pain, cardiovascular events, and the need for surgery. Professor Golledge and Clinical Researcher Lisan Yip will examine the impact of combined face-to-face and telephone counselling sessions, which encourage patients to participate in physical activity over a three month period. The specific purpose of the trial is to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of brief behavioural counselling for common cardiovascular diseases which pose a significant burden.