Due to Covid-19, a third and final EUPAP training in the core components of the Swedish physical activity on the prescription method (PAP-S) for healthcare practitioners was held online. There were 25 participants from nine EU countries attending this digital course – Denmark, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Malta, Belgium, and Spain. Digital sessions were held on 28-29th September, 7th of October and the last follow-up session is still to be organized on the 10th of December.
The digital course aim was to provide participants with basic knowledge and skills for prescribing physical activity in the prevention and treatment of disease according to the Swedish PAP method. The course content included background on the evidence for associations between physical activity and health in the population, basic concept of PAP-S and how the method is used in primary health care and at the hospital level, implementation of PAP - tools and processes, case studies on the practical prescription of physical activity and many more.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to understand and discuss the basic concept of PAP-S, perform clinical reasoning and prescribe individualized physical activity, understand and describe person-centered care, behavioral change, and interview technique, as part of PAP-S, reflect and discuss how PAP-S can be used in own context/country, as well as understand and use implementation tools to start the planning of implementation in own context/country.
At the end of the 3-day digital EUPAP training participants were also given an individual written assignment to reflect and discuss how PAP-S can be implemented in their own context/country, including barriers and enablers, and describe actions taken with reference to the course literature. These individual written assignments will be presented and discussed at a follow-up webinar on the 10th of December, 2020.
We wish good luck to all of our participants on becoming certified practitioners of the PAP method!