General practitioners' views and experiences of counselling for physical activity through the New Zealand Green Prescription program
posted by Research Admin on 21 November 2011
Year of Publication
BMC Family Practice, 12, 119.
Journal article (peer reviewed)
To help increase population levels of physical activity in New Zealand the Green Prescription, a primary care, physical activity scripting program was developed. The primary aim of this study was to identify why general practitioners (GPs) counsel for physical activity and administer Green Prescriptions. A secondary aim was to examine GPs' views and experiences of Green Prescription counselling for the management of depression. The study found that GPs counselled for physical activity and prescribed Green Prescriptions for both primary preventive (e.g., weight control) and secondary management (e.g., diabetes management) purposes. Physical activity in general and physical activity prescribed through the Green Prescription were also viewed by GPs as beneficial for the management of depression.
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