The early experience of general practitioners using green prescription

Show simple item record Gribben, B. en Goodyear-Smith, Felicity en Grobbelaar, M. en O'Neill, D. en Walker, S. en 2009-06-09T03:44:27Z en 2009-06-09T03:44:27Z en 2000 en
dc.identifier.citation New Zealand Medical Journal 113 (1117), 372-373. 2000 en
dc.identifier.issn 0028-8446 en
dc.identifier.other 11050901 en
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dc.description.abstract Aim. Sedentary lifestyle is a significant risk factor for increased morbidity and mortality in many medical conditions. A Hillary Commission initiative. Green Prescription is a written exercise prescription given by general practitioner (GPs) to sedentary patients to encourage physical activity. Our aim was to establish the extent to which GPs in the North Health region in 1997 issued with Green Prescription packages had used them, the circumstances under which they were used and barriers to their use. Methods. 433 GPs issued with packs were faxed a one-page questionnaire for immediate completion, with followup of non-responders. Results. The response rate was 73%, with 65% of respondents having written Green Prescriptions. Their main reasons for use were patient need for more exercise and presence of high-risk medical conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Reasons for non-use were: GP alredy giving advice about physical activity; concern that Green Prescription was patronising and simplistic; compliance issues and time restraints. Some requested a computerised version. Conclusion. Non-responders may be non-users, hence we estimate that 48-65% of targeted GPs used Green Prescription. Barriers identified by GPs have assisted in Green Prescription development, which is now nationwide and assessed by independent researchers triannually. en
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dc.title The early experience of general practitioners using green prescription en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::320000 Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.issue 1117 en
pubs.begin-page 372 en
pubs.volume 113 en
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dc.rights.holder Copyright: New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) en
pubs.end-page 373 en
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