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Is general practice engaged with physical activity promotion?
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-08, 22:55 authored by Maxwell CooperMaxwell Cooper, Jonathan Shurlock
E-Letter in relation to the article: A further dimension to general practitioners’ (GP) limited knowledge of the Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) advice on physical activity described by Savill et al. lies in the health of primary care physicians themselves. As a sedentary profession with long office hours, this finding indicates that GPs may be at increased risk of the very same physical and psychological consequences they seek to prevent in their patients. Such a conclusion could have wider implications for the public because patients’ perceptions of GP health are reported to influence their facilitation of advice given.1 This effect is not simply based on physical appearance of health and weight; one of the key determinants is the disclosure of the GP’s own health behaviours.1 While growing attention has been paid to burnout in general practitioners,2-3 the impact of working conditions on the physical health of general practitioners needs to be considered further. Opportunities should be created within annual appraisals to promote greater discussion of this, in particular strategies to address physical inactivity.
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
PublisherRoyal College of General Practitioners
Department affiliated with
- BSMS Publications
NotesJonathan Shurlock is a Medical Student at BSMS
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