The American College of Sports Medicine in collaboration with the American Medical Association developed the the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) initiative to promote physical activity as a "vital sign" among health care providers. The purpose of the study is to inform initiative advocacy efforts among Rural Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers. An interview guide was developed through literature review and expert feedback. Provider responses will be recorded via field notes which are coded to extract common themes. The qualitative data collected from these interviews will be used to examine healthcare provider knowledge and awareness of the initiative current behaviors related to patient physical activity, assessment, counseling, prescription, referral and follow-up and the likelihood of these providers using existing Exercise is Medicine (EIM)materials and resources in the future. Our findings and recommendations will be communicated back to the American College of Sports Medicine through the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Community Health Committee."
Bobo, C.; Buie, R.; Culbertson, M.; Dobberstein, L.; Duke, K.; Gray, M.; Hamlett, B.; Huckabee, O.; Hyder, E.; Jones, C.; Spearman, L.; Stilwell, W.; Szabo, J.; Martens, C.; McGowans, S.; Patton, R.; Prosser, K.; Hughes, L.; and Williams, J., "Exercise is medicine in rural health centers and federally qualified health centers" (2014). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 54.