David presented evidence showing there was overwhelming positivity from the public when asked whether they would exercise rather than take drugs, particularly if their GP believed that exercise would remedy their condition. However, NICE guidelines (2006) indicate that doctors have advised physical activity or exercise as part of lifestyle advice in only one quarter of potential opportunities. GPs have only considered completing a physical activity questionnaire (General Practice Physical Activity Questionnaire - GPPAQ), developed to assist PCTs to assess and record physical activity as a risk factor for each of their patients since its introduction to the Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) in 2013.
Part of the problem is a lack of clear evidence of what works in terms of the type, amount and intensity of physical activity and which conditions and patients would benefit the most. - Dr David Nunan
David and the research team of Dr Kamal Mahtani, Ms Nia Roberts, Prof Carl Heneghan and Ms Rachna Begh, are funded by the School to conduct the first overview of systematic reviews related to physical activity for the prevention and treatment of common chronic diseases. They hope to identify the physical activity interventions that are most effective in preventing or treating major chronic disease and provide health professionals with some of the answers they seek.