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The medically underserved: who is likely to exercise and why?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16702715     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Adults who exercise regularly have better health, but only 15% of U.S. adults engage in regular exercise, with some social groups, such as people with lower incomes and women, having even lower rates. This study investigates the rate at which medically underserved patients receive exercise counseling from health care providers, characteristics of those who exercise, and barriers and motivations to exercise. The convenience sample was predominantly female and White and exclusively low-income and uninsured or underinsured. On average, participants were obese, by Federal Obesity Guidelines; 43% smoked. Although 60% of 126 patients reported that providers discussed exercise with them, the discussions had no relationship with patients' engagement in exercise. Women and those with lung problems, diabetes, or children in the home were less likely than others surveyed to exercise. The highest rated motivations included body image and health issues. The most important barriers were time, cost, and access to exercise facilities and equipment. In order for exercise counseling to be more effective, health care providers' interventions must consider patients' personal characteristics, health status, readiness to engage in an exercise program, and motivations and barriers to exercise.
Authors:
Susan Labuda Schrop; Brian F Pendleton; Gary McCord; Karen M Gil; LuAnne Stockton; Joshua McNatt; Valerie J Gilchrist
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health care for the poor and underserved     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1049-2089     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-16     Completed Date:  2006-06-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9103800     Medline TA:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  276-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Family Medicine, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, USA. sschrop@neoucom.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Counseling
Exercise*
Female
Health Behavior* / ethnology
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Male
Medically Underserved Area*
Medically Uninsured / ethnology,  psychology*
Middle Aged
Motivation*
Ohio
Vulnerable Populations / ethnology,  psychology*

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