Implementing Exercise in Healthcare Settings: The Potential of Implementation Science

  • Louise CzosnekEmail author
  • Nicole Rankin
  • Eva Zopf
  • Justin Richards
  • Simon Rosenbaum
  • Prue Cormie
Leading Article


Exercise is an efficacious therapy for many chronic diseases. Integrating efficacious evidence-based interventions (EBIs), such as exercise, into daily healthcare practice is a slow and complex pursuit. Implementation science seeks to understand and address this phenomenon by conducting studies about the methods used to promote the routine uptake of EBIs. The purpose of this article is to explore implementation science and a common conceptual framework in the discipline, the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR), as it applies to exercise EBI. We conclude by offering recommendations for future research that leverage implementation science priorities to highlight the potential of this research field for advancing the implementation of exercise EBI.


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Simon Rosenbaum is funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (APP1123336). No other sources of funding were used to assist in the preparation of this article.

Conflict of interest

Louise Czosnek, Nicole Rankin, Eva Zopf, Justin Richards, Simon Rosenbaum and Prue Cormie declare that they have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louise Czosnek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicole Rankin
    • 2
  • Eva Zopf
    • 1
  • Justin Richards
    • 3
    • 4
  • Simon Rosenbaum
    • 5
    • 6
  • Prue Cormie
    • 1
  1. 1.Mary MacKillop Institute for Health ResearchAustralian Catholic UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of HealthVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  4. 4.School of Public Health and Charles Perkins CentreUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  5. 5.School of PsychiatryUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  6. 6.Black Dog InstituteUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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