Primary health care digital tools for physical activity surveillance and brief advice in the Portuguese National Health Service
ISPAH ePoster Library. Mendes R. 10/15/18; 225593; 527
Prof. Dr. Romeu Mendes
Prof. Dr. Romeu Mendes
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The study aimed to present initial data on the use of two digital tools recently introduced in the Portuguese National Health Service to assess levels of physical activity (PA) in patients and support brief advice by primary care physicians. . Methods:<\b>
The PA surveillance tool was incorporated within the digital software/database “SClínico” in September 2017 and can be used by both primary care doctors and nurses. It includes three questions: 1) how many days per week the patient performs any kind of PA (work, commuting or leisure-time); 2) how much time per day; and 3) how many hours per day the patient spends in sedentary behaviours. A PA brief advice tool was also developed and implemented in the “PEM” (Electronic Medical Prescription) software since December 2017. It consists of five inter-related documents that can be delivered to patients (printed or by email), according to their current motivation and PA levels. Both tools were co-developed by Directorate-General of Health and Shared Services of the Ministry of Health. Results:<\b>
By December 31st 2017, 5602 patients’ records on PA were filled. By January 31st 2018, 2834 brief advice documents were delivered to 1706 patients. Clinical outcomes of these patients are being tracked. Conclusion:<\b>
Assessing PA level and providing brief counselling by health professionals are key actions recommended by both the European Union and World Health Organization to promote health-enhancing PA at country level. Future analysis will assess the impact of these tools on increasing PA at a population level.
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The study aimed to present initial data on the use of two digital tools recently introduced in the Portuguese National Health Service to assess levels of physical activity (PA) in patients and support brief advice by primary care physicians. . Methods:<\b>
The PA surveillance tool was incorporated within the digital software/database “SClínico” in September 2017 and can be used by both primary care doctors and nurses. It includes three questions: 1) how many days per week the patient performs any kind of PA (work, commuting or leisure-time); 2) how much time per day; and 3) how many hours per day the patient spends in sedentary behaviours. A PA brief advice tool was also developed and implemented in the “PEM” (Electronic Medical Prescription) software since December 2017. It consists of five inter-related documents that can be delivered to patients (printed or by email), according to their current motivation and PA levels. Both tools were co-developed by Directorate-General of Health and Shared Services of the Ministry of Health. Results:<\b>
By December 31st 2017, 5602 patients’ records on PA were filled. By January 31st 2018, 2834 brief advice documents were delivered to 1706 patients. Clinical outcomes of these patients are being tracked. Conclusion:<\b>
Assessing PA level and providing brief counselling by health professionals are key actions recommended by both the European Union and World Health Organization to promote health-enhancing PA at country level. Future analysis will assess the impact of these tools on increasing PA at a population level.
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