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Title: Physical Activity Promotion Tools in the Portuguese Primary Health Care: An Implementation Research
Authors: Mendes, Romeu 
Nunes Silva, Marlene
Santos Silva, Catarina
Marques, Adilson
Godinho, Cristina
Tomás, Rita 
Agostinho, Marcos
Madeira, Sara
Rebelo-Marques, Alexandre 
Martins, Henrique
Teixeira, Pedro J.
Cruz, Diogo 
Keywords: physical activity; exercise; primary health care; brief assessment; brief counseling; monitoring
Issue Date: 28-Jan-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Serial title, monograph or event: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume: 17
Issue: 3
Abstract: Background: This paper aims to discuss how physical activity (PA) brief assessment, brief counseling, and self-monitoring tools were designed and implemented in the Portuguese National Health Service (NHS), and to report on their current use by health professionals and citizens. Methods: Three digital tools to facilitate PA promotion in primary health care (PHC) were developed: 1) a PA brief assessment tool was incorporated in the electronic health record platform “SClínico Cuidados de Saúde Primários“; 2) a brief counseling tool was developed in the software “PEM—Prescrição Eletrónica Médica” (electronic medical prescription); and 3) a “Physical Activity Card” was incorporated in an o cial NHS smartphone app called “MySNS Carteira”. Results: From September 2017 to June 2019, 119,386 Portuguese patients had their PA assessed in PHC. Between December 2017 and June 2019, a total of 7957 patients received brief intervention for PA by a medical doctor. Regarding the app “MySNS Carteira”, 93,320 users activated the “Physical Activity Card”, between February 2018 and December 2018. Conclusions: These tools represent key actions to promote PA among Portuguese citizens using PHC as a priority setting. Further initiatives will follow, including proper assessment of their clinical impact and training programs for health care professionals on PA promotion.
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17030815
Rights: openAccess
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