Embedding physical activity in the heart of the NHS: the need for a whole-system approach

SPEAKE, Helen, COPELAND, Robert, TILL, Simon, BRECKON, Jeff, HAAKE, Steve and HART, Oliver (2016). Embedding physical activity in the heart of the NHS: the need for a whole-system approach. Sports Medicine. (In Press)

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Abstract

Solutions to the global challenge of physical inactivity have tended to focus on interventions at an individual level, when evidence shows that wider factors, including the social and physical environment, play a major part in influencing health-related behaviour. A multidisciplinary perspective is needed to rewrite the research agenda on physical activity if population-level public health benefits are to be demonstrated. This article explores the questions that this raises regarding the particular role that the UK National Health Service (NHS) plays in the system. The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield is put forward as a case study to discuss some of the ways in which health systems can work in collaboration with other partners to develop environments and systems that promote active lives for patients and staff.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is part of the Topical Collection on Designing environments to enhance physical and psychological benefits of physical activity: A multi-disciplinary perspective
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1007/s40279-016-0488-y
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 15:52
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2016 18:13
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11811

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