Journal article

Prescription of physical activity in the management of high blood pressure in Australian general practices

Ben J Smith, Alice J Owen, Danny Liew, Darren J Kelly, Christopher M Reid

JOURNAL OF HUMAN HYPERTENSION | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

This study investigated the prevalence of physical activity prescriptions in the management of high blood pressure (BP), the characteristics of people given these, and whether prescriptions were associated with the physical activity beliefs and practices of patients. A retrospective cohort study was undertaken, involving 365 general practitioners (GPs) from across Australia. The records of up to 20 patients per GP with high BP (N = 6512) were audited to identify physical activity and pharmacological prescriptions over four consecutive consultations. A sub-sample (n = 535) of patients completed a physical activity questionnaire. Physical activity prescriptions were recorded for 42.6% of patie..

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