Table 2

Primary care staff's opinions on promoting physical activity, n (%)

Strongly agree

Agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Disagree/Strongly disagree

p-value1


Health promotion is an important part of primary care work

GP

158 (42)

191 (51)

24 (6)

3 (1)

<0.001

PN

163 (77)

46 (22)

2 (1)

0

HV

155 (92)

14 (8)

0

0


Promoting physical activity is important in primary care

GP

135 (36)

211 (56)

26 (7)

4 (1)

<0.001

PN

138 (66)

68 (33)

2 (1)

1 (1)

HV

131 (78)

37 (22)

0

0


I only advise patients about physical activity if linked to their presenting problem

GP

16 (4)

163 (43)

75 (20)

122 (33)

<0.001

PN

11 (5)

56 (27)

31 (15)

113 (53)

HV

6 (4)

34 (20)

21 (13)

107 (64)


I have sufficient knowledge to advise patients about physical activity

GP

44 (12)

204 (54)

94 (25)

34 (9)

0.02

PN

19 (9)

130 (62)

42 (20)

19 (9)

HV

29 (18)

103 (62)

25 (15)

9 (5)


I try to encourage as many patients as possible to increase their physical activity

GP

67 (18)

190 (51)

83 (22)

36 (10)

<0.001

PN

71 (34)

112 (53)

24 (11)

4 (2)

HV

60 (36)

92 (55)

10 (6)

5 (3)


I only discuss physical activity if the patient mentions it

GP

1 (0.3)

20 (5)

46 (12)

308 (82)

0.17

PN

2 (1)

5 (2)

18 (9)

185 (88)

HV

0

4 (2)

18 (11)

146 (87)


Note: GP denotes General Practitioner, PN denotes Practice Nurse and HV denotes Health Visitor

1 from Pearson χ2 test

Douglas et al. BMC Public Health 2006 6:138   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-6-138

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