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01-12-2013 | Research | Uitgave 1/2013 Open Access

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 1/2013

Understanding the physical activity promotion behaviours of podiatrists: a qualitative study

Tijdschrift:
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research > Uitgave 1/2013
Auteurs:
Paul Crisford, Tania Winzenberg, Alison Venn, Verity Cleland
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Electronic supplementary material

The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1757-1146-6-37) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

PC, VC, TW participated in the conception and design of the study. PC performed acquisition of data and statistical analysis. All authors helped draft and approved the final manuscript. PC was the principal investigator. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Background

Health professionals are encouraged to play a part in reducing the health risks of physical inactivity. Little is known of the physical activity promotion practice behaviours of podiatrists.

Methods

We performed 20 semi-structured interviews with purposefully selected podiatrists to explore their physical activity promotion attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and practice. Transcribed interviews were coded using an iterative thematic approach to identify major themes and salient beliefs.

Results

Overall, the participants had a positive attitude to physical activity promotion, considering it a normal part of their role. They saw their role as giving information, encouraging activity and making recommendations, however in practice they were less inclined to follow up on recommendations, monitor activity levels or document the process. Their approach was generally opportunistic, informal and unstructured and the content of assessment and promotion dependent upon the presenting patient’s condition. Advice tended to be tailored to the patient’s capabilities and interests. They considered there are opportunities to promote physical activity during regular consultations, however, were more likely to do so in patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. Main barriers to physical activity promotion included unreceptive and unmotivated patients as well as a lack of time, skills and resources.

Conclusions

Physical activity promotion appears feasible in podiatry practice in terms of opportunity and acceptability to practitioners, but there is scope for improvement. Strategies to improve promotion need to consider the major issues, barriers and opportunities as well as provide a more structured approach to physical activity promotion by podiatrists.

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Extra materiaal
Additional file 1: Table S1: Interview schedule. (DOCX 154 KB)
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Additional file 2: Participant demographic and physical activity characteristics survey.(DOC 31 KB)
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Additional file 3: Table S2: Supplementary quotes. (DOC 150 KB)
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