Table 2

Types of recalled GP interactions about physical activity (and related behavior change technique) for the total sample and split by physical activity level (less than or at least 600 MET-min/week)

Behavior change technique (BCT)GP interaction about physical activity: Has your GP ever said or done any of the following?<600 MET-min
≥600 MET-min
Total sample
Provide information about behavior–health linkGave you general advice about physical activity (eg, ‘physical activity is important’)66 (68)231 (75)279 (73)
Provide instructionProvided specific instructions on how to increase your physical activity31 (32)59 (21)90 (24)
Prompt specific goal settingHelped you set physical activity goals9 (9)43 (15)52 (14)
Provided advice on the type of physical activity you need to do38 (39)81 (29)119 (31)
Provide information on consequencesProvided information about the benefits of physical activity for your general health47 (48)160 (57)207 (54)
Provided information about the benefits of physical activity for your diabetes52 (53)162 (57)214 (56)
Provide feedback on performancePraised your efforts to be active43 (44)187 (66)230 (60)
Provide contingent rewardsPraised you when you lost weight from being active33 (34)134 (47)167 (44)
Praised you when you were able to lower your blood glucose levels as a result of being active38 (39)166 (59)204 (54)
Provide general encouragementGave you encouragement to be active54 (55)188 (66)242 (64)
Prompt self-monitoring of behaviorMonitored your physical activity10 (10)50 (18)60 (16)
Relapse preventionHelped you get back on track if you stopped being active for any reason13 (13)52 (18)65 (17)
OtherTold you to lose weight*68 (69)171 (60)239 (63)
Told you to be more active*57 (58)144 (51)201 (53)
  • *Did not map onto BCT taxonomy.16

  • GP, general practitioner.