Increasing population levels of physical activity through primary care: GPs' knowledge, attitudes and self-reported practice

Fam Pract. 1999 Jun;16(3):250-4. doi: 10.1093/fampra/16.3.250.


Background: GPs have the potential to increase population levels of activity and thus produce important health gains.

Objectives and methods: The aim of this questionnaire survey was to determine the knowledge, attitudes and self-reported practice of GPs towards promoting regular physical activity and to assess the likely impact of GPs on population levels of physical activity.

Results and conclusions: A high response rate to the questionnaire was obtained and the results suggest that GPs have a good level of knowledge of the health benefits of regular physical activity and the levels required to achieve these, but do not promote activity in a way that will have an impact on the population level.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • England
  • Exercise*
  • Family Practice*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Promotion* / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires