Collaboration to Promote Physical Activity: Lessons from the Americas
Objective : We analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of a cross-national model for promoting physical activity (the Guide for Useful Interventions for Physical Activity in Brazil & Latin America [Project GUIA]). Methods : Overall, 26 individuals who were key contributors to Project GUIA were interviewed. Emerging themes analysis identified recurring constructs. Results : Positive findings include the number of scientific publications produced, the successful international collaboration, and the network's evaluation of Academia da Saúde. Negative findings reflect constraints of international research networks such as language barriers and funding. Conclusions : Project GUIA significantly contributed to physical activity research in Latin America. The GUIA model can be applied in low- and middle-income countries to develop global public health research capacity.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School, Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, MO, USA
Publication date: July 1, 2015
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