Table 3

Reasons given by primary care staff about why they do not give advice to patients about physical activity, n (%)

Strongly agree/agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Disagree/strongly disagree

p-value 1

Patients are unlikely to be motivated to follow advice to be more active

GP

115 (31)

78 (21)

81 (49)

<0.001

PN

29 (14)

46 (22)

135 (64)

HV

20 (12)

30 (18)

116 (70)

I don't have enough time to promote physical activity to my patients

GP

181 (48)

65 (17)

128 (34)

<0.001

PN

44 (21)

27 (13)

139 (66)

HV

16 (10)

20 (12)

129 (78)

I would be more likely to promote physical activity if there was a financial incentive

GP

85 (23)

80 (21)

208 (56)

<0.001

PN

7 (3)

26 (12)

177 (84)

HV

7 (4)

10 (6)

149 (90)

Educational materials for patients are insufficient

GP

213 (57)

86 (23)

76 (20)

<0.001

PN

83 (39)

57 (27)

71 (33)

HV

72 (43)

29 (18)

65 (39)

Patients expect drug treatments when they visit their GP practice

GP

141 (37)

85 (23)

149 (40)

0.067

PN

67 (32)

64 (31)

79 (38)

HV

73 (44)

41 (25)

53 (32)

There is a lack of available education for health professionals regarding physical activity promotion

GP

175 (47)

96 (26)

103 (28)

0.361

PN

93 (46)

56 (27)

60 (29)

HV

87 (52)

31 (19)

48 (29)


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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