Journal Article

Increasing population levels of physical activity through primary care: GPs' knowledge, attitudes and self-reported practice

Deborah A Lawlor, Steven Keen and Richard D Neal

in Family Practice

Volume 16, issue 3, pages 250-254
Published in print June 1999 | ISSN: 0263-2136
Published online June 1999 | e-ISSN: 1460-2229 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fampra/16.3.250
Increasing population levels of physical activity through primary care: GPs' knowledge, attitudes and self-reported practice

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Background. GPs have the potential to increase population levels of activity and thus produce important health gains.

Objectives and methods. The aim of this questionnaire survey was to determine the knowledge, attitudes and self-reported practice of GPs towards promoting regular physical activity and to assess the likely impact of GPs on population levels of physical activity.

Results and conclusions. A high response rate to the questionnaire was obtained and the results suggest that GPs have a good level of knowledge of the health benefits of regular physical activity and the levels required to achieve these, but do not promote activity in a way that will have an impact on the population level.

Keywords: General practice; health promotion; physical activity; population approach

Journal Article.  2698 words. 

Subjects: Primary Care

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