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Physical activity promotion by GPs: a cross-sectional survey in England

Overview of attention for article published in BJGP Open, April 2022
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (90th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (86th percentile)

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Physical activity promotion by GPs: a cross-sectional survey in England
Published in
BJGP Open, April 2022
DOI 10.3399/bjgpo.2021.0227
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Anna Lowe, Anna Myers, Helen Quirk, Jamie Blackshaw, Sabrina Palanee, Rob Copeland


Physical activity (PA) contributes to the prevention and management of many health conditions. Primary care practitioners have an important role to play in supporting people to be physically active. The study had three aims; 1) to explore general practitioners' (GPs) awareness, and knowledge of the PA guidelines, 2) to assess their confidence in promoting PA, and 3) to explore factors that influence PA promotion amongst GPs. Cross-sectional survey, secondary analysis. UK-based GPs were invited to take part in an online survey in January 2021. Demographic questions were followed by nine multiple choice questions. Categorical data were analysed using descriptive statistics and open-ended data were analysed using content analysis and inductive coding. Eight hundred and nine GPs based in England completed the survey. Most GP respondents (99%) believed that PA is important yet only 36% reported being at least 'somewhat familiar' with current PA guidance. Despite this, 74% of GPs reported feeling confident to raise the topic of PA with their patients. Barriers included lack of time, perceptions of patient attitude and perception of risk, language issues and COVID-19. Key facilitators were identified and 'Couch to 5 k' and the 'parkrun practice' initiative were the most widely used support tools. GPs value PA yet well-known barriers exist in embedding promotion into primary care. As primary care reconfigures there is an opportunity to embed PA into systems, services and processes.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 7 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 1 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 14%
Researcher 1 14%
Student > Master 1 14%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 2 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 2 29%
Environmental Science 1 14%
Unspecified 1 14%
Unknown 3 43%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 21. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 November 2022.
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