Journal article

'Probably better than any medication we can give you' General practitioners' views on exercise and nutrition in cancer

Jamie L Waterland, Lara Edbrooke, Amanda Appathurai, Naomi Lawrance, Meredith Temple-Smith, Linda Denehy

Australian Journal of General Practice | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Exercise and healthy eating patterns are effective in improving health-related quality of life for patients with cancer. However, little is known about general practitioners' (GPs') views and experiences regarding providing exercise and nutrition recommendations to their patients with cancer. The aim of this study was to 1) report GPs' experiences of providing nutrition and exercise advice to their patients and 2) identify perceived barriers and enablers to implementation of exercise and nutrition advice throughout the cancer journey from the GP perspective. METHOD: Twenty-three semi-structured interviews were conducted, and transcripts coded by two independent res..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Dr Alexis Butler of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The University of Melbourne Department of General Practice, the Victorian primary care practice-based research and education (VicREN) network and Dr Jolien Dorgelo for their support and guidance, and all the general practitioners who participated.