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Training health professionals to provide physical activity counselling


Coombes, JS and Williams, A and Radford, J, Training health professionals to provide physical activity counselling, Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 64 pp. 72-76. ISSN 0033-0620 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.pcad.2020.12.005


There is strong evidence that physical activity (PA) counselling from a health professional (HPs) leads to increased PA of their patients. Despite this, there remains a large evidence-practice gap between HP knowledge of the contribution of physical inactivity to chronic disease prevention and management, and routine effective assessment and prescription of PA. This article will present evidence on the effectiveness of HP- PA counselling and suggested behaviour change frameworks that can be used by HP. Four case studies are provided as examples of programs integrated into current HP student and post-graduate training programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:behaviour change, exercise, experiential learning, interdisciplinary education
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Primary care
UTAS Author:Williams, A (Associate Professor Andrew Williams)
UTAS Author:Radford, J (Professor Jan Radford)
ID Code:143839
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2021-04-07
Last Modified:2021-05-26

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