General practitioner advice on physical activity - who gets it?

Eakin, E., Brown, W., Schofield, G., Mummery, K. and Reeves, M. (2007) General practitioner advice on physical activity - who gets it?. American Journal of Health Promotion, 21 4: 225-228.

Author Eakin, E.
Brown, W.
Schofield, G.
Mummery, K.
Reeves, M.
Title General practitioner advice on physical activity - who gets it?
Journal name American Journal of Health Promotion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0890-1171
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 225
End page 228
Total pages 4
Editor M.P. O'Donnell
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Journal of Health Promotion Inc
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730299 Public health not elsewhere classified
Abstract Purpose. To evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of patients who received physical activity counseling from a general practitioner. Methods. Data presented are from a cross-sectional survey of approximately 2000 Queensland (Australia) adults conducted as part of a multi-strategy, community-based, physical activity intervention (10, 000 Steps Rockhampton). The survey included self-reported receipt of general practitioner advice on physical activity as well as demographic, medical, and physical activity questions. Results. Receipt of advice on physical activity was reported by 24.2% of respondents, with advice more likely to be given to males, overweight/obese people, those with chronic conditions, and those more frequently visiting their general practitioners. Discussion. Rates of physical activity advice and characteristics of patients receiving advice are similar to those reported overseas and suggest that while there is room for improvement, general practitioners are targeting their advice to patients most in need.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
clinical practice
prevention research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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