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Exercise physiologists: essential players in interdisciplinary teams for noncommunicable chronic disease management
Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
  • E sme J. Soan, Mater Mothers’ Hospital
  • Steven J. Street, University of Queensland
  • Sharon Brownie, Aga Khan University
  • Andrew P. Hills, Oxford University
Publication Date
1-1-2014
Document Type
Article
Disciplines
Abstract

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus, are a growing public health challenge in Australia, accounting for a significant and increasing cost to the health care system. Management of these chronic conditions is aided by interprofessional practice, but models of care require updating to incorporate the latest evidence-based practice. Increasing research evidence reports the benefits of physical activity and exercise on health status and the risk of inactivity to chronic disease development, yet physical activity advice is often the least comprehensive component of care. An essential but as yet underutilized player in NCD prevention and management is the “accredited exercise physiologist,” a specialist in the delivery of clinical exercise prescriptions for the prevention or management of chronic and complex conditions. In this article, the existing role of accredited exercise physiologists in interprofessional practice is examined, and an extension of their role proposed in primary health care settings.

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This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Citation Information
E sme J. Soan, Steven J. Street, Sharon Brownie and Andrew P. Hills. "Exercise physiologists: essential players in interdisciplinary teams for noncommunicable chronic disease management" Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare Vol. 7 (2014) p. 65 - 68
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sharon_brownie/5/