Policy Statements

American College of Preventive Medicine

Physical activity counseling in the adult primary care setting

Primary care providers should incorporate physical activity counseling into routine patient visits. Effective interventions can be as brief as 2 to 4 minutes; however, longer sessions may be used depending on practice characteristics and patient needs. ACPM encourages professional organizations to offer members training in counseling techniques. To enhance the effectiveness of such counseling, providers should obtain training in behavioral counseling techniques that emphasize collaboration between patient and provider such as shared decision making, assessment of patient readiness to change, writing a tailored exercise prescription, and use of a variety of healthcare team members for follow-up counseling and encouragement. Such strategies can establish an effective approach to increasing physical activity for healthy adult patients in the primary care setting. (Am J Prev Med. 2005 Aug;29(2):158-62)

 

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