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Health Care Provider Support for Physical Activity in Women, Aged 20-44 Years, in Georgia: A Qualitative Study

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Research indicated that despite the benefits of physical activity (PA), only 12.1% of rural women in Georgia aged 20-44 years, fully adhere to the recommended amount of PA. According to research, social support is a significant predictor of PA. Therefore the purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the presence and importance of health care provider (HCP) support for physical activity in women aged 20- 44 years. A semi-structured question guide directed by a Critical Theory of Medical Discourse was utilized for twenty in-depth interviews. This qualitative process involved inductive reasoning working from particular findings to general themes and then making interpretations about these themes. To answer qualitative questions of the study, an intensity sampling was utilized to identify excellent examples of the phenomenon of interest, but not highly unusual cases. The participants were interviewed until theoretical saturation was reached. The main results of the study were: 1) PA information was provided mostly to patients who were overweight or obese 2) Provided PA information wasn’t sufficient nor tailored to each patient 3) Participants who received support from their HCP for PA were more satisfied than patients who were not offered this information. Primary care setting could be a powerful outlet for the promotion of PA. However, HCP might need to expend the range of expertise and collaborate with other community members in order to increase PA level among women aged 20-44 years.


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