Physician's adherence to CDC standards for physical activity counseling of older women in a cardiology practice in Texas—An exploratory study
Physical activity is an important health-promoting behavior to prevent and control chronic disease. Interventions to increase physical activity are vitally needed. Women are not meeting the recommended goals for physical activity - a behavior that has been shown to effectively reduce the incidence of chronic disease and the medical costs associated with treating it. Among many factors predicting physical activity and the different forms of interventions that have been applied, physician counseling is one potentially cost-effective approach that may produce at least modest effects on women's behavior. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published standards for physician counseling of patients regarding physical activity. This study used a short questionnaire to assess the degree to which a group practice of cardiology physicians in Texas queried and discussed physical activity recommendations to older women that they treat and whether they are meeting the physical activity counseling goals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of this group of physicians counseled patients without benefit of exploring patient behavior. Although these physicians "agreed" that physical activity delayed or prevented disease, the outcome suggests that low self-efficacy hampered efforts to counsel older women on this. Physicians' perceptions that counseling may be ineffective could explain the lower rate of physical activity counseling that does not meet the goals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Jones, Judith W, "Physician's adherence to CDC standards for physical activity counseling of older women in a cardiology practice in Texas—An exploratory study" (2009). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1462274.