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

GIDLOW, Christopher and JOHNSTON, Lynne and CRONE, Diane and MORRIS, Clare and SMITH, Alex and 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
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Depositing User: Christopher GIDLOW
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 15:21
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 15:21

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