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Fam Pract. 1999 Jun;16(3):250-4.

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

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Division of Public Health, Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds, UK.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
10439978
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