A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

The elements of cross-sectoral collaboration between primary care and the sports sector

Publication Details
Authors: Parjanen Satu
Publication year: 2021
Language: English
Related journal or series: Managing Sport and Leisure
Volume number: 26
Issue number: 3
Start page: 226
End page: 244
Number of pages: 19
ISSN: 2375-0472
eISSN: 2375-0480
JUFO level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


Purpose: The purpose of this study is to
define the critical elements of collaboration between primary care and the
sports sector to better answer the challenge of physical inactivity. The study
also sheds light on how this collaboration could be further developed in the
relevant organisations.

Research methods: The data was collected
from health care professionals (n=58), physical activity counsellors (n=8) and
potential clients of physical activity counselling (n=13) using a questionnaire,
observation of workshops, and focus group interviews.

Results and findings: The common
objective of the role of physical activity promotion and managerial support
create the foundation for a counselling and referral process. At the employee level,
attitudes towards physical activity, knowledge about physical activity, and the
social skills are emphasised. The physical activity promotion process needs to
be continuously evaluated based on objectives formulated by professionals and
other stakeholders.

Implications: Managerial actions, such
as communication about the essence of physical activity promotion, creation of
roles and responsibilities and facilitation of collaboration between
professionals enhance collaboration.

Research contribution: There are lack of
research on partnership-related processes in the collaboration between the
primary care and the sports sector. This paper contributes by presenting a
practical case of such collaboration.

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