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As allied health professionals, we commend the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) on their recent position statement to better equip physicians for physical activity prescription.1 The CAESM call on physicians to be more engaged in physical activity prescription to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases associated with physical inactivity. Physicians are uniquely positioned in healthcare systems to improve population levels of physical activity. Most people visit a physician at least annually, and physician advice remains influential in guiding patient behaviour. For example, a simple physical activity counselling intervention by general practitioners significantly reduced inactivity.2
A key objective of the Exercise is Medicine initiative http://www.exerciseismedicine.org/ is for physicians to assess and record physical activity during every patient visit, similar to a vital sign and to facilitate an exercise prescription. However, despite the acknowledged intentions of the CAESM statement, many physicians will remain ill-equipped, or simply not have time, to deliver individualised exercise prescriptions to patients across the …
Funding Supported by Future Leader Fellowship (ID: 100040) from the National Heart Foundation of Australia.
Competing interests None declared.
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