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Open Access Collaboration to Promote Physical Activity: Lessons from the Americas

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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 Sa├║de. 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.

Keywords: NETWORK; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; TRANSDISCIPLINARY

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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