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Utilisation du podomètre comme outil motivationnel au service du patient dans la lutte contre la sédentarité et la promotion de l’activité physique : enquête de pratique chez les médecins généralistes en Haute Savoie

Abstract : Introduction: in France, as well as in the rest of the world, a sedentary way of life is developping and physical activity is on the decline. Several studies have already established the efficiency of the pedometer as a tool to fight back these two risk factors of mortality. This applies to regular users as well as to non users. General practitioners are in the front line regarding this public health issue, but no one so far seems to have studied the efficiency of the pedometer as a tool to promote physical activities and reduce a sedentary existence. Aim: to assess the way the pedometer is known and properly used by practicing general practitioners in the Haute Savoie area as a tool to enhance physical activity and to reduce sedentary behaviour, during one month. Methodology: a qualitative analysis of practice by means of a digital list of questions submitted to practicing general practitionners in Haute Savoie, between and results being analysed by means of SPSS Statistics software. Results: 95 general practitioners answered the questionnary. Most of them suggested to their patients the activity « walk » as the first physical activity to practice. 18 practitioners have offered to use pedometer, but the greatest majority confess never having considered using it, even though they claim to be interested. Most of those promoting pedometer practioners have already been questionned by their patients about this tool but almost all of them told they never thought about this tool until now. They wanted to take information about it. Most of the instigators were asked by patients about this tool. Most practitioners were dissatisfied with their « quality of intervention » regarding the subject « sedentary behaviour / physical activity ». They confess they didn’t make any difference between sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity when seeking their patients lifestyle habits. They felt a disinterest of the patients in this subject. Physicians not promoting pedometers regret being un able to fight back a sedentary behaviour or physical inactivity for want of proper tools. Conclusion: this study has made it possible to evaluate the use of pedometer in the daily practice of general practitioners. Few of them, mostly for want of information, recommend it. The pedometer has only recently been accepted as a means to fight back insufficient physical activity. This tool lacks of proper visibiliy in official recommendations. More studies would be necessary in France to evaluate the way patients consider pedometer and to confirm its efficiency, already supported by a number of sources.
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Thomas Deffontis. Utilisation du podomètre comme outil motivationnel au service du patient dans la lutte contre la sédentarité et la promotion de l’activité physique : enquête de pratique chez les médecins généralistes en Haute Savoie. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2021. ⟨dumas-03100332⟩

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