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Exercise physiologists: essential players in interdisciplinary teams for noncommunicable chronic disease management


Soan, EJ and Street, SJ and Brownie, SM and Hills, AP, Exercise physiologists: essential players in interdisciplinary teams for noncommunicable chronic disease management, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 7 pp. 65-68. ISSN 1178-2390 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2147/JMDH.S55620


Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus, are a growing public health challenge in Australia, accounting for a significant and increasing cost to the health care system. Management of these chronic conditions is aided by interprofessional practice, but models of care require updating to incorporate the latest evidence-based practice. Increasing research evidence reports the benefits of physical activity and exercise on health status and the risk of inactivity to chronic disease development, yet physical activity advice is often the least comprehensive component of care. An essential but as yet underutilized player in NCD prevention and management is the "accredited exercise physiologist," a specialist in the delivery of clinical exercise prescriptions for the prevention or management of chronic and complex conditions. In this article, the existing role of accredited exercise physiologists in interprofessional practice is examined, and an extension of their role proposed in primary health care settings.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interdisciplinary team, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, exercise physiology, accredited exercise physiologist
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Street, SJ (Dr Steven Street)
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:109550
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-22
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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