Barriers to and Facilitators of the Implementation of Environmental Recommendations to Encourage Physical Activity in Center-Based Childcare Services: A Systematic Review

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Background: Identifying factors influencing the implementation of evidence-based environmental recommendations to promote physical activity in childcare services is required to develop effective implementation strategies. This systematic review aimed to: (1) identify barriers and facilitators reported by center-based childcare services impacting the implementation of environmental recommendations to increase physical activity among children, (2) synthesize these factors according to the 14 domains of the “Theoretical Domains Framework,” and (3) report any associations between service or provider characteristics and the reported implementation of such recommendations. Methods: Electronic searches were conducted in 6 scientific databases (eg, MEDLINE) and Google Scholar to identify studies reporting data from childcare staff or other stakeholders responsible for childcare operations. Included studies were based on childcare settings and published in English. From 2164 identified citations, 19 articles met the inclusion criteria (11 qualitative, 4 quantitative, and 4 mixed methods). Results: Across all articles, the majority of factors impacting implementation fell into the “environmental context and resources” domain (eg, time, equipment, and space; n = 19) and the “social influences” domain (eg, support from parents, colleagues, supervisors; n = 11). Conclusion: The current review provides guidance to improve the implementation of environmental recommendations in childcare services by addressing environmental, resource, and social barriers.

Razak, Jones, Yoong, Grady, Finch, Seward, Elton, and Wolfenden are with Hunter New England Population Health, Wallsend, NSW, Australia. Razak, Jones, Yoong, Grady, Finch, Seward, Tursan d'Espaignet, and Wolfenden are with the School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia. Razak, Clinton-McHarg, Jones, Yoong, Grady, Finch, Seward, and Wolfenden are with Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton Heights, NSW, Australia; and the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia. Clinton-McHarg is also with the School of Psychology, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia. Ronto is with the Department of Health Systems and Populations, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW, Australia. Tursan d'Espaignet is also with the School of Rural Medicine, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia.

Razak (lubna.abdulrazak@uon.edu.au) is corresponding author.

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