According to research, GPs are at high risk for health problems associated with excessive sedentary behavior, such as cardiovascular disease.
The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice Open this month, looked at the average time GPs spend sitting at work.
The researchers used questionnaires and accelerometers, which were worn permanently on the thigh for a week by 353 general practitioners.
They found that GPs spent an average of more than 10.5 hours sitting in their working day, which is similar to those in the education and telecommunications sectors.
The authors found that workload was the main factor reducing sedentary time among GPs and that increasing telephone consultations only increased the level of sedentary time.
The study concluded: “This study demonstrated that GPs are well aware of the negative health consequences of excessive sedentary behavior and physical inactivity, and that most GPs are not satisfied with their current levels of sedentary behavior and physical activity (PA).
“Many barriers and facilitators preventing GPs from increasing their PA have been identified. Therefore, further research should assess the acceptability of co-produced multicomponent interventions aimed at encouraging general practice staff to be less sedentary and more physically active throughout the working day, as well as how this affects their interactions with patients and their ability to counsel patients on PA. .’
Lead researcher Dr Richard Mayne, from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, said: ‘When workload cannot be reduced, active workstations are a great way to combat sedentary behavior.
“Only 6% of GPs we surveyed used sit-stand desks. We hope that our research will help draw attention to this problem and encourage GPs and other sedentary professions to think about ways to address it.
Earlier this year, a survey of 800 GPs found that the majority of GPs believed a standing desk could improve physical health consultations.
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