Table 2

Do primary care providers feel PA counselling is important?

StudyImportance of PA counselling
Bize et al 10Physicians ‘anticipated that health promotion might soon become a priority task of primary care physicians.’
Cho et al 2569.6% of physicians perceived PA as ‘important’ or ‘very important.’
Douglas et al 1892% of general practitioners and 99% of nurses agreed or strongly agreed that promoting PA is important in primary care.
Graham et al 11Physicians felt that other types of lifestyle counselling, like smoking cessation, were more important and more worth their time.
Lawlor et al 2496.6% of physicians agreed or strongly agreed that promoting PA is important in primary care.
Puig Ribera et al 12Over 70% of providers felt PA promotion was ‘very important.’
Reed et al 1587% of physicians believed in the value of their patients being physically active. However, only 51% believed that PA should be stressed to all patients by physicians.
Sherman and Hershman 1661% of the physicians who counselled fewer than 25% of their patients about PA felt that PA was very important.
  • PA, physical activity.