General Practitioners' Views and Experiences of Counselling for Physical Activity Through the New Zealand Green Prescription Program

Patel, A
Schofield, GM
Kolt, GS
Keogh, JW
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Regular physical activity is beneficial in both the prevention and management of chronic health conditions. A large proportion of adult New Zealanders, however, are insufficiently active. 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.

Adult , Attitude of Health Personnel , Counseling , Female , General Practice , Healthy People Programs , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Motor Activity , New Zealand , Physician's Practice Patterns , Questionnaires
BMC family practice, 12(1), 119.
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