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ERIC Number: EJ1009241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Health Care Provider Physical Activity Prescription Intervention
Josyula, Lakshmi; Lyle, Roseann
American Journal of Health Education, v44 n3 p162-168 2013
Purpose: To examine the feasibility and impact of a health care provider’s (HCP) physical activity (PA) prescription on the PA of patients on preventive care visits. Methods: Consenting adult patients completed health and PA questionnaires and were sequentially assigned to intervention groups. HCPs prescribed PA using a written prescription only (PO), written prescription and exercise toolkit (PT), or written prescription and Active Living Guide (PALG). Follow-up questionnaires were completed at 1 and 3 months post. Results: In the 24 patients (age 57 [10.01] years; body mass index (BMI) 33.4 [7.6]; 14 females, 10 males; 9 PO, 6 PT, 9 PALG) who returned questionnaires at baseline and 3 months, PA increased ("p" = 0.04) from baseline (3.5 [2.0]) to 3 months (4.3 [1.7]). Between-group analyses revealed that PT improved ("p" = 0.01) from baseline (3.0 [1.1]) to 3 months (4.8 [0.4]); PO and PALG did not. Among the 22 patients who returned questionnaires at 3 time points, PA increased ("p" = 0.01) from 1 month (3.7 [1.3]) to 3 months (4.4 [1.6]). Discussion and Translation to Health Education Practice: HCPs' written prescriptions, with a PA resource (exercise toolkit), enhanced patients' PA levels over 3 months. Although this study needs to be replicated in larger samples of patients and HCPs, inclusion of PA recommendations appears to be feasible and merited in preventive care consultations. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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