Physical activity counseling in primary care: Insights from public health and behavioral economics

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This article evaluates pertinent literature from the fields of medicine/public health and economics/psychology to suggest a comprehensive approach to physical activity counseling at the primary care level.

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Shuval, Kerem; Leonard, Tammy; Drope, Jeffrey; Katz, David L.; Patel, Alpa V.; Maitin-Shepard, Melissa et al. February 15, 2017.

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This article evaluates pertinent literature from the fields of medicine/public health and economics/psychology to suggest a comprehensive approach to physical activity counseling at the primary care level.

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Abstract: Physical inactivity has reached epidemic proportions in modern society. Abundant evidence points to a causal link between physical inactivity and increased risk for numerous non-communicable diseases, such as some types of cancer and heart disease, as well as premature mortality. Yet, despite this overwhelming evidence, many individuals do not meet the recommended amount of physical activity required to achieve maximum health benefits. Since primary care physicians’ advice is highly regarded, clinicians have the unique opportunity to play an important role in enabling patients to modify their behavior at the point of care with the goal of guiding patients to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle. In the current study, we evaluate pertinent literature from the fields of medicine/public health and economics/psychology to suggest a comprehensive approach to physical activity counseling at the primary care level. We first examine the public health approach to physical activity counseling, and then proceed to offer insights from behavioral economics, an emerging field that combines principles from psychology and economics. The application of key behavioral economics tools (e.g. pre-commitment contracts, framing) to physical activity counseling in primary care is elaborated.

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Shuval, K., Leonard, T., Drope, J., Katz, D. L., Patel, A. V., Maitin-Shepard, M., Amir, O. and Grinstein, A. (2017), Physical activity counseling in primary care: Insights from public health and behavioral economics. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 67: 233–244. which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.3322/caac.21394. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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  • CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2017. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

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  • Publication Title: CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians
  • Volume: 67
  • Issue: 3
  • Pages: 233-244
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Shuval, Kerem; Leonard, Tammy; Drope, Jeffrey; Katz, David L.; Patel, Alpa V.; Maitin-Shepard, Melissa et al. Physical activity counseling in primary care: Insights from public health and behavioral economics, article, February 15, 2017; Hoboken, New Jersey. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1049709/: accessed March 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.