Socio-demographic patterning of referral, uptake and attendance in Physical Activity Referral Schemes

Gidlow, Christopher and Johnston, Lynne H and Crone, Diane and Morris, Clare and Smith, Alex and Foster, Charlie and James, David V (2007) Socio-demographic patterning of referral, uptake and attendance in Physical Activity Referral Schemes. Journal of Public Health, 29 (2). pp. 107-113.

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Abstract

Background Inadequate monitoring and participant profiling have so far prevented a detailed examination of who Physical Activity Referral Schemes (PARS) are accessible to and appropriate for. As a result, the nature of the role for PARS within public health is unknown. Methods Participants were all those referred to a countywide PARS during a three-year period (n = 3568). Participant age, gender and the deprivation level and rurality of their area of residence were compared with the average for the county population. Characteristics associated with referral uptake (attending >= 1 exercise session) and completion (>= 80% attendance), were identified using logistic regression. Results Compared with the county average, participants were older, more predominantly female (61.1 vs 51.4%) and lived in more deprived areas (p < 0.001). Referral uptake (n = 2864) was most likely in those aged 60-69 years, and least likely for residents of rural villages and the most deprived areas (all p < 0.001). For participants who took up referral, completion was most likely in men and the over-seventies (p < 0.001). Conclusions The PARS format may be inappropriate for younger adults or people living in relative deprivation and rural areas. They appear most appropriate for adults of middle-to-old age who are more likely to require supervision, and should be targeted accordingly.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: David James
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2014 19:47
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2016 22:37
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/372

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