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Primary healthcare nurses' experiences of physical activity referrals: an interview study
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Health.
2015 (English)In: Primary Health Care Research and Development, ISSN 1463-4236, E-ISSN 1477-1128, Vol. 16, no 3, 270-280 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that viewing the PAR as a complex intervention, with all that this entails, might be one approach to increasing the number of PARs being issued. Simpler systems, more time and the potential for testing the effectiveness of follow-ups could be possible ways of achieving this. AIM: The aim of this study is to illuminate primary health care (PHC) nurses' experiences of physical activity referrals (PARs). BACKGROUND: Despite extensive knowledge about the substantial health effects physical activities can produce, fewer and fewer people in our modern society regularly engage in physical activity. Within health care and, particularly, within the PHC arena, nurses meet people on a daily basis who need help to engage in a healthier lifestyle. The possibility of issuing written prescriptions for physical activities, often referred to as PARs, has been introduced as a tool to support such lifestyles. However, even though PHC nurses can prescribe physical activities, studies investigating their experience in this type of nursing intervention are rare. METHODS: For this study, 12 semi-structured interviews were conducted with PHC nurses, and the transcribed texts were analysed using a qualitative content analysis. FINDINGS: Two categories--PARs, an important nursing intervention, and PARs, the necessity of organisational support--reflected the nurses' experiences in using PARs.

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Cambridge University Press, 2015. Vol. 16, no 3, 270-280 p.
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content analysis, interviews, nurse, nursing interventions, qualitative research, adult, female, health personnel attitude, human, interview, middle aged, motor activity, nursing practice, patient referral, primary health care, procedures, psychology, statistics and numerical data, Sweden, Attitude of Health Personnel, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Practice Patterns, Nurses', Primary Care Nursing, Referral and Consultation
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Nursing Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13498DOI: 10.1017/S1463423614000267ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84994164463OAI: diva2:1049317
Available from: 2016-11-24 Created: 2016-11-23 Last updated: 2016-11-25Bibliographically approved

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