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Exercise Referral Instructors' Perspectives on Supporting and Motivating Participants to Uptake, Attend and Adhere to Exercise Prescription: A Qualitative Study

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Shore CB, Galloway SD, Gorely T, Hunter AM & Hubbard G (2022) Exercise Referral Instructors' Perspectives on Supporting and Motivating Participants to Uptake, Attend and Adhere to Exercise Prescription: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (1), Art. No.: 203. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010203

Abstract
Exercise referral schemes are designed to support people with non-communicable diseases to increase their levels of exercise to improve health. However, uptake and attendance are low. This exploratory qualitative study aims to understand uptake and attendance from the perspectives of exercise referral instructors using semi-structured interviews. Six exercise referral instructors from one exercise referral scheme across four exercise referral sites were interviewed. Four themes emerged: (i) the role that instructors perceive they have and approaches instructors take to motivate participants to take-up, attend exercise referral and adhere to their exercise prescription; (ii) instructors’ use of different techniques, which could help elicit behaviour change; (iii) instructors’ perceptions of participants’ views of exercise referral schemes; and (iv) barriers towards providing an exercise referral scheme. Exercise referral instructors play an important, multifaceted role in the uptake, attendance and adherence to exercise referral. On-going education and peer support for instructors may be useful. Instructors’ perspectives help us to further understand how health and leisure services can design successful exercise referral schemes.

Keywords
community-based research; exercise prescription; physical activity; motivation; public health practice; behaviour change

Journal
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Volume 19, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/01/2022
Publication date online31/12/2021
Date accepted by journal23/12/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33774
PublisherMDPI AG
eISSN1660-4601

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Professor Stuart Galloway
Professor Stuart Galloway

Professor, Sport

Professor Angus Hunter
Professor Angus Hunter

Honorary Professor, FHSS Management and Support

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