What should all health professionals know about movement behaviour change? An international Delphi-based consensus statement

Review written by Dr Mariana Wingood info

Key Points

  1. Healthcare providers have been identified as key individuals to address the current lack of physical activity participation and high levels of sedentary behaviors.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Despite the vast information about the benefits of physical activity and reduction of sedentary behaviors, most adults are insufficiently active and engage in too much sedentary behaviors (1,2). The World Health Organization has put out a call to healthcare providers to play a key role in addressing this global public health issue.

However, multiple studies have identified that healthcare providers do not regularly assess or address inadequate physical activity levels (3). Training programs show promise in addressing these barriers (3). Unfortunately, there is no consensus on the specific competencies required. Furthermore, there is a need for more focus on addressing sedentary behavior change in healthcare settings.

The aim of this study was to establish key competencies relevant for all healthcare providers to support individuals to change their physical activity participation.

Despite the vast information about the benefits of physical activity and reduction of sedentary behaviors, most adults are insufficiently active and engage in too much sedentary behaviors.
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When addressing behavior change, it is essential to not only explain the importance of physical activity and limiting sedentary behavior but also to use person-centered care and effective communication strategies.

METHODS

Design: A three-phase Delphi process.

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