Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Scopus Web of Science® Altmetric
Type: Journal article
Title: The perspectives of pre-frail and frail older people on being advised about exercise: a qualitative study
Author: Jadczak, A.D.
Dollard, J.
Mahajan, N.
Visvanathan, R.
Citation: Family Practice, 2018; 35(3):330-335
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0263-2136
Statement of
Agathe Daria Jadczak, Joanne Dollard, Neha Mahajan and Renuka Visvanathan
Abstract: Background. Exercise is considered to be the most effective strategy to treat, prevent and delay frailty, a prevalent geriatric syndrome observed in clinical practice. Encouraging frail older people to take up exercise is crucial in the management of this condition. The study aimed to explore pre-frail and frail older peoples’ perspectives in relation to being advised about exercise and their perceptions of the general practitioners’ (GPs) role in promoting exercise for older people. Methods. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 community-dwelling older (median age 83 years) participants screened pre-frail or frail using the FRAIL Screen. Their attitudes towards exercise, the advice received, their access to relevant information and their perceptions of the GP’s role in promoting exercise were explored. Thematic analysis was conducted to analyse data. Results. The majority of participants had a positive attitude towards exercise, and many participants indicated a preference for being advised firstly by their GPs and then other healthcare professionals. Participants living in the community reported difficulties in accessing information on exercise and indicated that local governments and GP practices should promote exercise for older people more actively. Participants living in retirement villages, however, reported having access to relevant information and being encouraged to participate in exercise. Conclusion. This research identified a gap in current practice, demonstrating that GPs, healthcare providers and local governments should promote exercise for older people more actively. Convincing health professionals to encourage regular exercise among their older patients would provide an opportunity to avoid and manage frailty in this population.
Keywords: Exercise, frail elderly; general practitioners; health promotion; perceptions; qualitative research
Description: Advance Access publication 14 November 2017
Rights: © The Author(s) 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1093/fampra/cmx108
Published version:
Appears in Collections:Aurora harvest 4
Medicine publications

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.