Give your patients an 'exercise prescription'
Exercise is a powerful tool in the prevention, treatment and management of many conditions. As a health professional, patients respect and listen to you, they will exercise if you encourage them.
All health professionals can prescribe exercise to their patients in line with Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines.
Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing a little, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
EVERY PATIENT, EVERY VISIT.
Each contact with a patient is an opportunity for you to make a difference.
The EIM Framework is a simple, fast and effective tool for use in every day practice. This is a process to help you start the conversation and to ultimately change the behaviour of your patients. If you only have 1-2 minutes:
Or get your patients to complete the PA form before their consultation
If you have no concerns about your patient exercising safely, select your physical activity counselling strategy (or use the PA stage of change assessment tool):
If you have more than 1-2 minutes, continue the framework, otherwise refer your patient to a practice nurse or allied health professional for steps 2-5.
If you have concerns about your patient’s safety during exercise, then the Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System can be useful in identifying any issues of concern.
For patients with complex medical conditions, you might consider referral to a Sport and Exercise Physician who can assess your patient and provide recommendations about exercising safely.
Determining which stage of change your patient is in can help you tailor your advice and exercise prescription to each patient.
The PA stage of change assessment tool is useful in identifying the stage of change your patient is at and then providing appropriate goals and strategies to increase their success in moving more.