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Author(s): Mendes, R.
Silva, M. N.
Silva, C. S.
Marques, A.
Godinho, C.
Tomás, R.
Agostinho, M.
Madeira, S.
Rebelo-Marques, A.
Martins, H.
Teixeira, P. J.
Cruz, D.
Date: 2020
Title: Physical activity promotion tools in the Portuguese primary health care: An implementation research
Journal title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume: 17
Number: 3
Reference: Mendes, R., Silva, M. N., Silva, C. S., Marques, A., Godinho, C., Tomás, R., Agostinho, M., Madeira, S., Rebelo-Marques, A., Martins, H., Teixeira, P. J., & Cruz, D. (2020). Physical activity promotion tools in the Portuguese primary health care: An implementation research. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(3), 815.
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.3390/ijerph17030815
Keywords: Physical activity
Primary health care
Brief assessment
Brief counseling
Abstract: Background: This paper aims to discuss how physical activity (PA) brief assessment, brief counseling, and self-monitoring tools were designed and implemented in the Portuguese National Health Service (NHS), and to report on their current use by health professionals and citizens. Methods: Three digital tools to facilitate PA promotion in primary health care (PHC) were developed: 1) a PA brief assessment tool was incorporated in the electronic health record platform “SClínico Cuidados de Saúde Primários“; 2) a brief counseling tool was developed in the software “PEM—Prescrição Eletrónica Médica” (electronic medical prescription); and 3) a “Physical Activity Card” was incorporated in an official NHS smartphone app called “MySNS Carteira”. Results: From September 2017 to June 2019, 119,386 Portuguese patients had their PA assessed in PHC. Between December 2017 and June 2019, a total of 7957 patients received brief intervention for PA by a medical doctor. Regarding the app “MySNS Carteira”, 93,320 users activated the “Physical Activity Card”, between February 2018 and December 2018. Conclusions: These tools represent key actions to promote PA among Portuguese citizens using PHC as a priority setting. Further initiatives will follow, including proper assessment of their clinical impact and training programs for health care professionals on PA promotion.
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
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