THE FIT GP STUDY

Author(s): 
F MCGRADY 1, K STEELE 1,M CUPPLES 1, M TULLY 1, ET AL
1 QUB, Northern Ireland
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BACKGROUND: The objectives of this study were to assess the levels of physical activity and other health related behaviours of GPs and to compare their levels of physical activity to those of the general population
METHOD: 1074 GP principals in NI were sent a questionnaire. This collected information relating to demographics, physical activity, habits and other health related behaviours and included the validated IP AC questionnaire. Comparisons were made with the general population and professional/managerial subgroup using the data from the NI Health and Social well-being survey.
RESULTS: There was a 68 per cent response. Using data from the IP AC significantly more GPs were categorised as physically active compared to the general population(pCONCLUSION: GPs report taking more physical activity than the general population in NI and in the professional/managerial subgroup .Our findings suggest GPs are better than following health promotion advice than are others in the population