Physical activity recommendations from general practitioners in Australia. Results from a national survey

Short, Camille E. and Hayman, Mel and Rebar, Amanda L. and Gunn, Kate M. and De Cocker, Katrien and Duncan, Mitch J. and Turnbull, Deborah and Dollman, James and van Uffelen, Jannique G .Z. and Vandelanotte, Corneel (2016) Physical activity recommendations from general practitioners in Australia. Results from a national survey. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40 (1). pp. 83-90.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To identify subgroups of Australian adults likely to receive physical activity advice from their general practitioner and to evaluate the content of the advice provided.

METHODS: Participants (n=1,799), recruited from the Australian Health and Social Science panel, completed an online survey. Signal Detection Analysis was used to identify subgroups that were more/less likely to have received physical activity recommendations.

RESULTS: Overall, 18% of participants received a physical activity recommendation from their general practitioner in the past 12 months and eight unique subgroups were identified. The subgroup with the highest proportion (54%) of participants reporting that they received a physical activity recommendation was those with poor physical and mental health-related quality of life and an average daily sitting time of <11 hours. Other subgroups with high proportions of individuals receiving recommendations were characterised by higher weight and/or the presence of co-morbidities. The most commonly prescribed physical activity type was aerobic activity. Few participants received specific physical activity advice.

CONCLUSIONS: General practitioners are incorporating physical activity promotion into their practice, but primarily as a disease management tool and with limited specificity.

IMPLICATIONS: Strategies to assist Australian general practitioners to effectively promote physical activity are needed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2019 04:13
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 05:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity, intervention, general practitioners
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12455
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37060

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