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Socio-demographic patterning of referral, uptake and attendance in Physical Activity Referral Schemes

GIDLOW, Christopher, JOHNSTON, Lynne, CRONE, Diane, MORRIS, Clare, SMITH, Alex, FOSTER, Charlie and JAMES, David (2007) Socio-demographic patterning of referral, uptake and attendance in Physical Activity Referral Schemes. Journal of Public Health, 29 (2). pp. 107-113. ISSN 1741-3842

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BackgroundInadequate monitoring and participant profiling have so far prevented a detailed examination of who Physical Activity Referral Schemes (PARS) are accessible to and appropriate for. As a result, the nature of the role for PARS within public health is unknown. MethodsParticipants were all those referred to a countywide PARS during a three-year period (n = 3568). Participant age, gender and the deprivation level and rurality of their area of residence were compared with the average for the county population. Characteristics associated with referral uptake (attending [&ge;]1 exercise session) and completion ([&ge;]80% attendance), were identified using logistic regression. ResultsCompared with the county average, participants were older, more predominantly female (61.1 vs 51.4%) and lived in more deprived areas (p < 0.001). Referral uptake (n = 2864) was most likely in those aged 60-69 years, and least likely for residents of rural villages and the most deprived areas (all p < 0.001). For participants who took up referral, completion was most likely in men and the over-seventies (p < 0.001). ConclusionsThe PARS format may be inappropriate for younger adults or people living in relative deprivation and rural areas. They appear most appropriate for adults of middle-to-old age who are more likely to require supervision, and should be targeted accordingly.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Christopher GIDLOW
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 15:21
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 15:21
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1178

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