If you provide it, they still do not go: attendance frequency within a Scottish exercise referral scheme
ISPAH ePoster Library. Shore C. Oct 15, 2018; 225552
Mr. Colin Shore
Mr. Colin Shore
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Exercise Referral Schemes (ERS) are a common method of tackling physical activity (PA) levels and lifestyle associated non-communicable disease at the individual level. However, attendance frequency is a problematic with many participants dropping out early from the prescribed programme. Demographic characteristics, referral reason, leisure site and delay time in commencing exercise referral were investigated in relation to attendance frequency. Methods:<\b>
Retrospective cross-sectional analysis was undertaken of a Scottish exercise referral scheme. ERS data from 2016 to 2017 were retrieved for analysis. Chi-squared analysis investigated differences between referral characteristics, and logistic regression investigated increased attendance from predictors. Results:<\b>
405 participants registered onto an ERS, undertaking a minimum of one session. Females (58%) presented a larger proportion, with cardiovascular disease being the most referred condition (32%). Median and mode attendance was four and one sessions respectively. 37% of participants presented at the leisure facility for their first session within seven days of membership commencement. No significant differences overserved within: SIMD (χ2(4) = 2.442, p =.655), grouped age (χ2(6) = 5.273, p =.509), grouped site (χ2(3) = 1.587, p =.662), grouped referral reason (χ2(5) = 9.270, p =.099) or gender (χ2(1) = 0.150, p =.699). Logistic model showed increased attendance was only predicted by age related referral (p = .007, 95% CI = 0.21-0.78). Conclusion:<\b>
In spite of age related referral predicting increased session frequency, session frequency remains low. Simply providing a service such as ERS does not address the complex factors associated with attendance.
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