Exercise referral scheme participant characteristics, referral mode and completion status

Portman, Robert, Levy, Andrew R., Allen, Sarah and Fairclough, Stuart J. (2023) Exercise referral scheme participant characteristics, referral mode and completion status. Health Education Journal. ISSN 0017-8969 (In Press)

Text (Advance online version)
00178969231156108.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Download (127kB) | Preview
ACCEPTED_VERSION_Exercise_referral_scheme_participant_characteristics_referral_mode_and_completion_status_Portman_et_al._2023_._.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (325kB) | Preview
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/00178969231156108


Objective: There is recent evidence that exercise referral schemes (ERSs) are beginning to permit self-referral access. Notwithstanding this, to date it is unknown whether key referral characteristics, such as age, gender and socioeconomic status are associated with a greater likelihood of self-referring to an ERS, and whether self-referral participants are more or less likely to complete schemes, than traditional healthcare referrals. Design/Setting: This study presents an evaluation and cross-sectional exploration of key participant referral characteristics of those (n = 647) who signed up to ‘Active West Lancs’; a 12-week ERS in the northwest of England. Methods: Chi-square analysis, tests of difference and binary logistic regression were conducted to explore associations between key referral characteristics and (1) the likelihood of accessing Active West Lancs via a self- or healthcare-referral and (2) the likelihood of completion.Results: Fifty-six percent of participants accessed the scheme via self-referral. These participants were more likely to be women, to report a musculoskeletal primary health condition, to access a specific site and to do so during spring. The scheme had an overall completion rate of 42.2. Participants who were older, resided in less socioeconomically deprived neighbourhoods, and accessed a specific site were more likely to complete. Self-referral participants were not more or less likely to complete than those who enrolled via healthcare-referral. Conclusions: These data do not directly identify a clear benefit or detriment to Active West Lancs’ incorporation of self-referral participants. Notwithstanding this, enabling self-referral ERS access may widen scheme participation opportunities among those reluctant to seek referral from a healthcare provider and reduce the administrative burden for healthcare providers themselves.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was funded by West Lancashire Borough Council.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Behaviour change, exercise referral scheme, exercise-on-prescription, health promotion, physical activity referral scheme
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2023 14:46
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2023 15:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/51272

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics