Promotion of exercise prescriptions in general practice for older populations

Swinburn, Boyd and Sager, Richard 2003, Promotion of exercise prescriptions in general practice for older populations, Geriatrics and aging, vol. 6, no. 7, pp. 20-23.

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Title Promotion of exercise prescriptions in general practice for older populations
Author(s) Swinburn, Boyd
Sager, Richard
Journal name Geriatrics and aging
Volume number 6
Issue number 7
Start page 20
End page 23
Publisher Ribosome Communications
Place of publication Toronto, Ont.
Publication date 2003-07
ISSN 1488-8408
Keyword(s) exercise prescriptions
health promotion
health gains
Summary Regular physical activity in older populations reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and falls and also improves mental health. Some programs of written exercise prescriptions by general practitioners have been shown to significantly increase physical activity levels over the medium-term (six to 12 months). Increasing the confidence and skills of general practitioners to prescribe and monitor exercise programs is important. However, the more challenging barriers to the widespread uptake of exercise prescription programs are the structural and economic constraints within general practice, as well as the competing promotion of prescribing pharmaceutical products. Implementation research on overcoming these barriers is urgently needed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111716 Preventive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Ribosome Communications (now) Healthplexus
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