Feasibility and acceptability of a physical activity promotion programme in general practice

van Sluijs, Esther M. F., van Poppel, Mireille N. M., Stalman, Wim A. B. and van Mechelen, Willem (2004) Feasibility and acceptability of a physical activity promotion programme in general practice. Family Practice, 21 4: 429-436. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmh414

Author van Sluijs, Esther M. F.
van Poppel, Mireille N. M.
Stalman, Wim A. B.
van Mechelen, Willem
Title Feasibility and acceptability of a physical activity promotion programme in general practice
Journal name Family Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0263-2136
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/fampra/cmh414
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 429
End page 436
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Formatted abstract
Background: Physical activity promotion in general practice is advocated though not incorporated into daily practice. Several barriers must be overcome to develop a feasible and acceptable programme.

Objective: The aim of this study was to conduct a process evaluation of a physical activity promotion programme in general practice (PACE), in which patients visited their provider (GP or practice nurse) twice.

Methods: Process evaluation was conducted by means of telephone-administered, semi-structured interviews with providers and practice assistants. The main topics of the interviews were overall impression of PACE, PACE training, content and usability of the intervention materials, counselling, implementation of the intervention, and opportunities for future use.

Results: In the 15 participating general practices, a total of 17 providers and 12 practice assistants were interviewed. The overall impression of the PACE programme was positive. Most providers experienced the provided material and training as helpful. Some problems concerning the number of forms used and patients having difficulties completing the forms were mentioned. Most providers (70.6%) spend 10 min or more discussing PACE during the first consultation. The second consultation mostly was completed within 10 min. Patients overestimating their level of physical activity was mentioned as the main barrier in providing the counselling. PACE was evaluated as suitable for implementation in Dutch general practice, and 60% of the providers actually intended using PACE in the future.

Conclusion: The PACE programme was evaluated as being both acceptable and feasible in a selection of Dutch general practices. Positive adaptations will be made in order to implement PACE successfully in general practice at a wider scale.
Keyword General practice
health promotion
physical activity
programme evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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