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Green Prescription patient survey
GRx Patient Survey background
SPARC managed the GRx initiative until June 2009, when it was transferred to the Ministry of Health. Prior to June 2009, SPARC carried out six-monthly patient surveys up to 2000 (using CAPI Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews), and carried out annual surveys from 2001 to 2009 (using self-completion surveys). The Ministry of Health conducted its first patient survey in May 2010.
Some of the key questions explored in these surveys are:
- Main health reasons why doctors prescribe a GRx to their patients
- What physical activities are prescribed by GPs
- Have patients noticed any health changes and if so, what changes
- What is the current status of their GRx – are they still active after 6–8 months
- How much time do patients now spend doing physical activity
- How many days a week are patients doing at least 30 minutes of physical activity
- Have patients made any changes to their diet
- What activities were suggested by the patient support person
- What was their opinion about the service received
- Did they take up the activities suggested by the patient support person
- Were they satisfied with the overall level of patient support service
- Who are they active with (eg, partner, family, children, friends).
GRx Patient Survey 2013
In May 2010, the Ministry conducted the first annual survey with Green Prescription (GRx) patients since the transfer of GRx from SPARC in July 2009. Patients surveyed each year are those who were issued GRx July–December the previous year. Here are some of the findings from the almost 3000 respondents to the 2013 survey:
- As in previous years, ‘weight problems’ was the most usual reason patients were issued with a GRx (53%)
- High blood pressure and risk of stroke was second at 29% followed by high cholesterol.
- Six to eight months after receiving their Green Prescription, 63 percent of patients are still more active than they were before getting their GRx
- 72 percent have noticed positive changes in their health
- 54 percent generally feel better
- 57 percent feel stronger and fitter
- 46 percent have lost weight
- 64 percent encouraged others to be active
- 68 percent are active by themselves
- 31 percent are active with a family member
- 25 percent are active with friends
- 22 percent are active in a GRx community group or programme
- 65 percent have made changes to their diet (21 percent stating they have decreased portion sizes).
And what about the support provided for their lifestyle change?
82 percent of are satisfied with the overall support received from regional sports trusts and primary health organisations. The main drivers of satisfaction continue to be the encouraging and supportive behaviour of GRx support personnel during follow-up contact and improved health, motivation, confidence and happiness.
Once again walking is the most popular activity (68 percent), followed by swimming (52 percent), gym (45 percent), water or pool activities (44 percent) and GRx community groups or programmes (18 percent).
As for previous years, over half of the survey respondents were aged over 50 years and two thirds were female. European New Zealanders made up 66 percent of the respondents, Māori 21 percent and Pacific peoples 8 percent.
Forty six percent of respondents have a long term disability or impairment that limits their physical activity.
As for previous years the respondents’ Deprivation Index was calculated and it was found that 40 percent were in groups 8–10 with 13 percent in Deprivation Index group 10.