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Table 4 Results of the professionals’ perceptions of the connection between the primary care and the PA sector

From: The connection between the primary care and the physical activity sector: professionals’ perceptions

Focus group Structure of the collaboration Role professionals Attitude connection Expectations of the connection
1. Partnership organized by the municipality ▪ Part of partnership
▪ Activities to promote PA
▪ Good start
▪ Takes time
▪ Not a clear mission in the steering group
▪ Not many concrete actions
▪ Other organizations should be involved in the partnerships
▪ Continuity of CSC funding and the steering group
▪ More contact with one another
2. Partnership organized by the municipality ▪ Part of partnership
▪ Referral scheme
▪ Good start, in which the CSC is indispensable
▪ Clear shared vision about the CSC
▪ More collaboration between professionals
▪ Referral should be a matter of course
▪ Continuity of CSC funding and the steering group
3. Partnership organized by the municipality ▪ Part of partnership
▪ Sport consultation at community health centre, coordination of the PA offer at community centre
▪ Partially positive. Much has been achieved but there is room for improvement
▪ The connection takes time
▪ No shared mission because of different interests
▪ More collaboration with other organizations
▪ More time is needed
4. Partnership organized by the municipality ▪ Part of partnership
▪ Activities to promote PA
▪ Partnership is an added value because they know one another and development of activities
▪ Clear and shared mission
▪ More organizations involved in the partnership
▪ Create more publicity for the work of the partnership
5. Partnership organized by a sport organization ▪ Part of partnership
▪ Activities to promote PA
▪ The partnership is valuable because professionals know one another ▪ CSC should be responsible for the collaboration and the connection
▪ Professionals are willing to help with the implementation of activities
6. Project basis ▪ Organization of fit tests
▪ Referral
▪ Promising: good start to a first collaboration between professionals
▪ The referral of patients is getting better but is still difficult
▪ Regular meetings with all partners
▪ Referral should be a matter of course
7. Project basis ▪ Organization of activities to promote PA and referral ▪ Added value
▪ Hard to refer and guide patients towards local PA facilities
▪ Regular meetings with all partners so that professionals can meet one another
▪ Referral should be a matter of course
8. Project basis ▪ Organization of fit tests
▪ Sporadic referral
▪ The connection is difficult because of unfamiliarity with one another
▪ Too passive
▪ A clear referral scheme
▪ Regular meetings with all partners so professionals can meet one another
9. Project basis ▪ Referral
▪ Organization of PA activities
▪ Promising start: further development necessary
▪ Takes time
▪ Involve more organizations in the connection
▪ The connection should be a matter of course
▪ Regular meetings with all partners so that professionals can meet one another