The operational context of care sport connectors in the Netherlands

K.E.F. Leenaars, E.C. Van Der Velden-Bollemaat, E. Smit, A. Wagemakers, G.R.M. Molleman, M.A. Koelen

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Abstract

To stimulate physical activity (PA) and guide primary care patients towards local sport facilities, Care Sport Connectors (CSCs), to whom a broker role has been ascribed, were introduced in 2012 in the Netherlands. The aim of this study is to describe CSCs’ operational context. A theoretical framework was developed and used as the starting point for this study. Group interviews were held with policymakers in nine participating municipalities, and, when applicable, the CSC’s manager was also present. Prior to the interviews, a first outline of the operational context was mapped, based on the analysis of policy documents and a questionnaire completed by the policymakers. A deductive content analysis, based on the theoretical framework, was used to analyse the interviews. Differences were found in CSCs’ operational context in the different municipalities, especially the extent to which municipalities adopted an integral approach. An integral approach consists of an integral policy in combination
with an imbedding of this policy in partnerships at management level. This integral approach is reflected in the activities of other municipal operations, for example the implementation of health and PA programs by different organisations. Given the CSC mandate, we think that this integral approach
may be supportive of the CSCs’ work, because it is reflected in other operations of the municipalities and thus creates conditions for the CSCs’ work. Further study is required to ascertain whether this integral approach is actually supporting CSCs in their work to connect the primary care and the PA sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622–634
JournalHealth Promotion International
Volume33
Issue number4
Early online date22 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

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    Leenaars, K. E. F., Van Der Velden-Bollemaat, E. C., Smit, E., Wagemakers, A., Molleman, G. R. M., & Koelen, M. A. (2018). The operational context of care sport connectors in the Netherlands. Health Promotion International, 33(4), 622–634. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dax005