What do healthcare professionals want from a resource to support person-centred conversations on physical activity? A mixed-methods, user-centric approach to developing educational resources

Hamish Reid, Jessica Caterson, Ralph Smith, Natasha Jones, Robert Copeland, Moving Medicine development group, Martyn Standage

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Abstract

Objectives Healthcare is a fundamental action area in population efforts to address the global disease burden from physical inactivity. However, healthcare professionals lack the knowledge, skills and confidence to have regular conversations about physical activity. This study aimed to: (1) understand the requirements of healthcare professionals and patients from a resource to support routine physical activity conversations in clinical consultations and (2) develop such a resource.

Methods This study used codesign principles across two phases, actively involving relevant stakeholders in an iterative development process. The preparatory phase included a scoping literature review and workshops with multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and patients. The Delphi phase included the development of a draft resource, a three-stage modified online Delphi study and an external review.

Results The scoping review highlighted the importance of addressing time restrictions, a behaviour change skill deficit, the need for resources to fit into existing systems and meeting patient expectations. Consultation included 69 participants across two clinical workshops. They recommended using the internet, valued guidance on all aspects of physical activity conversations and were concerned about how to use a person-centred approach. The Delphi phase, including 15 expert participants, met agreement criteria in two stages to develop the resource.

Conclusion This mixed-methods study delivered an online resource that was codesigned with and based on the requirements of healthcare professionals and patients. The resource presents condition-specific ‘1-minute’, ‘5-minute’ and ‘more minute’ person-centred and evidence-based conversation templates on physical activity in an accessible and usable format to meet the needs of real-life clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere001280
JournalBMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
Volume8
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Sport England provided funding to support this work through money from the National Lottery as part of the Moving Health Professionals Programme. £823 was spent during the preparatory phase of this project, with costs allocated to participant travel, consumables and hire of facilities. Staff costs totalled £17 000, while £408 was spent on software.

Keywords

  • Behaviour
  • Exercise
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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