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Title: Physical activity education in the undergraduate curricula of all UK medical schools: are tomorrow's doctors equipped to follow clinical guidelines?
Authors: Weiler, Richard
Chew, Stephen
Coombs, Ngaire A.
Hamer, Mark
Stamatakis, Emmanuel
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group
Citation: WEILER, R. ...et al., 2012. Physical activity education in the undergraduate curricula of all UK medical schools: are tomorrow's doctors equipped to follow clinical guidelines?. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46(14), pp. 1024-1026.
Abstract: Physical activity (PA) is a cornerstone of disease prevention and treatment. There is, however, a considerable disparity between public health policy, clinical guidelines and the delivery of physical activity promotion within the National Health Service in the UK. If this is to be addressed in the battle against noncommunicable diseases, it is vital that tomorrow’s doctors understand the basic science and health benefits of physical activity. The aim of this study was to assess the provision of physical activity teaching content in the curricula of all medical schools in the UK. Our results, with responses from all UK medical schools, uncovered some alarming findings, showing that there is widespread omission of basic teaching elements, such as the Chief Medical Officer recommendations and guidance on physical activity. There is an urgent need for physical activity teaching to have dedicated time at medical schools, to equip tomorrow’s doctors with the basic knowledge, confidence and skills to promote physical activity and follow numerous clinical guidelines that support physical activity promotion.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by the BMJ Publishing Group under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091380
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19200
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2012-091380
ISSN: 0306-3674
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