Table 4

Do primary care providers feel that PA counselling is effective?

StudyPerceived effectiveness of PA counselling
Bize et al10Most GPs thought that ‘no more than 10% of the counselled patients would initiate a regular scheme of PA.’
Cho et al2583.7% of physicians perceived lifestyle counselling, including PA counselling as ‘effective’ or ‘very effective’.
Goodman et al1952% of nurses felt that patients responded well to advice on how to increase activity levels.
Kennedy et al2358.2% of physicians believed only 0–25% of patients would respond to their counselling.
Lawlor et al2492.6% of physicians agreed or strongly agreed that they could be effective in persuading some patients to increase PA.
Reed et al1547% of physicians estimated patient adherence to PA prescriptions to be 25% or less.
Sherman and Hershman16Of the doctors who counselled <25% of their patients, 90% felt that they were not effective or only slightly effective at getting patients to start exercising. Of the doctors who counselled >75% of their patients, only 20% felt that they were not effective at getting their patients to start exercising.
Steptoe et al2224% of GPs and 33.9% of nurses felt that health professionals are very influential in persuading patients to change PA behaviour. 24% of GPs and 34.5% of nurses felt that it is possible to persuade patients to modify their lifestyles to reduce physical inactivity.
Walsh et al17No physicians rated their perceived success in changing patients' health-related behaviours as very successful. Only 31.8% rated themselves successful in promoting PA.
  • PA, physical activity.