Online Program

Physical Activity and Physician Recommendation of Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities, 2002-2011

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Henan Li, PHD, MS, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Vijay Vasudevan, PhD, MPH, Department on Disability and Human Development, Institute on Disability and Human Development, Chicago, IL
Despite the widely known benefits of physical activity, adults with disabilities are more likely to be inactive. Research has shown that physicians play an important role in promoting physical activity. Understanding the relationship between the recommendation of and actual physical activity engagement could help further health promotion efforts. Data from the 2002-2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and National Health Interview Survey were used, yielding a total sample size of 344,933 with a weighted population size of 299,981,065. About 1 in 10 adults reported having any disabilities. Among adults who visited a health professional in the past 12 months, physical activity recommendations are more common among adults with disabilities (53.5%), compared with adults without disabilities (40.8%). However, only 41.7% of adults with disabilities self-reported being physically active, while 60.0% of adults without disabilities reported being active. These data highlight the need for identifying and removing the barriers in translating physical activity recommendation into actual physical activity engagement among adults with disabilities.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Compare physical activity and physician's recommendation of physical activity between adults with and without disabilities. Identify the needs to remove potential barriers in implementing physician's recommendations of physical activity in adults with disabilities.

Keyword(s): Disabilities, Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The authors’ research interests have been centered around using data to describe and interpret the disparities between people with and without disabilities in health and other areas.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.