Research in physical activity

  • An active lifestyle through social prescribing can improve health

MOVE conducts research in how to establish and maintain a physically active lifestyle, and how general practitioners (GPs) can support an active lifestyle in the population by 'prescribing' exercise.

In a public health perspective, physical inactivity is a considerable problem; 58 percent of the Danish adult population is estimated to be less active than recommended. The GPs have regular contact with the Danish population and may play a key role in the prevention of health problems.

MOVE aims to support the GPs by providing concrete, evidence-based measures to prevent disease in different patient populations by increasing their levels of physical activity.

MOVE collaborates across sectors to develop a social prescribing tool in a Danish context, so that GPs and other health professionals may refer selected patient populations to health-promoting activities in the local community, for example through municipal services and link workers.

MOVE is organised as an interdisciplinary research group with expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, physiotherapy, psychology and public health sciences. The group has a close collaboration with researchers at the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University.

Selected publications

  • Parous women perform less moderate to vigorous physical activity than their nulliparous peers: a population-based study in Denmark. Bueno SV, Nielsen RO, Kallestrup et al. Public Health. 2024 Jun:231:47-54. Epub 2024 Apr 15.
  • Global developments in social prescribingMorse DF, Sandhu S, Mulligan K, Tierrney S et al.  BMJ Glob Health. 2022 May;7(5):e008524. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2022-008524.
  • Feasibility and acceptability of a six-month exercise and patient education intervention for patients with hip dysplasia: A mixed methods study. Jacobsen JS, Thorborg K, Sørensen D, Jakobsen SS, Nielsen RO, Oestergaard LG, Søballe K, Mechlenburg I. Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2022 61 October 2022, letter
  • Comparing exercise and patient education with usual care in the treatment of hip dysplasia: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial with 6-month follow-up (MovetheHip trial). Jacobsen JS, Thorborg K, Nielsen RØ, Jakobsen SS, et al. BMJ Open. 2022 Sep 20;12(9):e064242. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-064242.
  • Study design of 'Move More': Development and feasibility of a social-prescribing intervention to increase physical activity among inactive Danes. Rasmussen LG, Nielsen RO, Kallestrup P et al. Scand J Public Health. 2022 Jun 2;14034948221098929. doi: 10.1177/14034948221098929.
  • The why and how of co-production between professionals and volunteers: a qualitative study of community-based healthcare in Denmark. Rasmussen LG, Skjerning HT, Bueau V. Int J Sociology and Social Policy, 2022 May.
  • Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the Exercise Adherence Rating Scale (EARS) into DanishR Jacobsen JS, Nielsen RO, Godfrey EM. Translational Sports Medicine, article ID: 4547350, 2022 April.
  • Experiences of living with developmental dysplasia of the hip in adults not eligible for surgical treatment: a qualitative study. Jorgensen MD, Frederiksen SB, Sørensen D, Jacobsen JS. BMJ Open, Dec 2021;11:e052486. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052486.
  • Physical activity through social prescribing: an interview-based study of Danish general practitioners' opinions. Brandborg CE, Skjerning HT, Nielsen OR. Health Soc Care Community. 2021 Sep 29.



  • MOVE in nature - combining prevention and sustainability (Nanna Holt Jessen)
  • MoveMOM (Solvej Videbæk Bueno)

  • Move More (Lene Gissel Rasmussen)

  • Move the hip - exercise to a healthier life (Julie Jacobsen)

  • Move your lungs (Dea Kejlberg Andelius)

  • Physical inactivity in Denmark (Knud Ryom)

  • Social prescribing (Rasmus Østergaard Nielsen)

  • Social prescribing - digital solution (Ulrik Bak Kirk)