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The added value of using the HEPA PAT for physical activity policy monitoring: a four-country comparison

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Show simple item record Gelius, Peter Messing, Sven Forberger, Sarah Lakerveld, Jeroen Mansergh, Fiona C. Wendel‑Vos, Wanda Zukowska, Joanna Woods, Catherine B. on behalf of the PEN Consortium 2021-02-24T13:01:38Z 2021-02-24T13:01:38Z 2021
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dc.description.abstract Background: Public policy is increasingly recognized as an important component of physical activity promotion. This paper reports on the current status of physical activity policy development and implementation in four European countries based on the Health-Enhancing Physical Activity Policy Audit Tool (HEPA PAT) developed by WHO. It com‑ pares the findings to previous studies and discusses the general utility of this tool and its unique features in relation to other instruments. Methods: The study was conducted as part of the Policy Evaluation Network ( in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Poland. Data collection built upon information obtained via the EU Physical Activity Monitoring Framework survey, additional desk research and expert opinion. Data analysis employed Howlett’s policy cycle frame‑ work to map and compare national physical activity policies in the four countries. Results: In all countries under study, policy agenda-setting is infuenced by prevalence data from national health monitoring systems, and the sport and/or health sector takes the lead in policy formulation. Key policy documents were located mainly in the health sector but also in sport, urban design and transport. Physical activity programmes implemented to meet policy objectives usually cover a broad range of target groups, but currently only a small selection of major policies are evaluated for effectiveness. National experts made several suggestions to other countries wishing to establish physical activity policies, e.g. regarding cross-sectoral support and coordination, comprehensive national action plans, and monitoring/surveillance. Conclusions: This study provides a detailed overview of physical activity policies in the four countries. Results show that national governments are already very active in the feld but that there is room for improvement in a number of areas, e.g. regarding the contribution of sectors beyond sport and health. Using the HEPA PAT simultaneously in four countries also showed that procedures and timelines have to be adapted to national contexts. Overall, the instrument can make an important contribution to understanding and informing physical activity policy, especially when used as an add-on to regular monitoring tools like the EU HEPA Monitoring Framework. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BMC en_US
dc.relation JPI HDHL en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Health Research Policy and Systems;19, 22
dc.subject Physical activity en_US
dc.subject Policy en_US
dc.subject Monitoring en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title The added value of using the HEPA PAT for physical activity policy monitoring: a four-country comparison en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12961-021-00681-6
dc.contributor.sponsor Projekt DEAL en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2999312

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