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Prev Med. 1997 May-Jun;26(3):382-8.

Training physicians to conduct physical activity counseling.

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Division of Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI 02906, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In accordance with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations, the current pilot study tests the feasibility and efficacy of a physician-delivered physical activity counseling intervention.

METHODS:

A sequential comparison group design was used to examine change in self-reported physical activity between experimental (counseling and self-help materials) and control (usual care) patients at base-line and 6 weeks after the initial office visit. Patients in both groups were contacted by telephone 2 weeks after their office visit and asked about the physical activity counseling at their most recent physician visit. Experimental patients also received a follow-up appointment to discuss physical activity with their physician 4 weeks after their initial visit.

RESULTS:

Counseling was feasible for physicians to do and produced short-term increases in physical activity levels. Both groups increased their physical activity, but the increase in physical activity was greater for patients who reported receiving a greater number of counseling messages.

CONCLUSIONS:

Physician-delivered physical activity interventions may be an effective way to achieve wide-spread improvements in the physical activity of middle-aged and older adults.

PMID:
9144763
DOI:
10.1006/pmed.1997.0158
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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