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Collaboration of general practitioners and exercise providers in promotion of physical activity. A written survey among general practitioners.
- Leemrijse, C.J., Bakker, D.H. de, Ooms, L., Veenhof, C.
- BMC Family Practice, 16:96, DOI: 10.1186/s12875-015-0316-8
General practitioners have an ideal position to motivate inactive patients to increase their physical activity. Most patients are able to exercise in regular local facilities outside the health care setting. The purpose of this study was to get insight into general practitioners perceptions and current practices regarding referral of patients to local exercise facilities. Furthermore, collaboration with exercise providers in the community was investigated, and motivators and barriers for referral. Dutch physicians have a positive attitude towards stimulating physical activity but referral to local exercise facilities is low. Referral is partly hindered by restricted knowledge of local exercise facilities. Although general practitioners think that collaboration is important for physical activity promotion, it should not cost them much extra time. A coordinator with knowledge of the local situation can facilitate contacts between GP practices and sports providers.