Table 5

Relationship between knowledge and attitude (role perception and confidence) in physical activity promotion and number of patients counselled in a month
Variable Counselled <10 patients/Month (n = 197) n (%) Counselled ≥10 patients/Month (n = 111) n (%) 2 p
Knowledge of Physical activity message
Taking the stairs at work and generally being more active each day is enough PA to improve health High 119(63.3) 69(36.7) 0.01 0.547
Low 76(63.3) 44(36.7)
Half an hour of walking on most days is all the exercise that is needed for good health High 90(64.3) 50(35.7) 0.81 0.419
Low 105(62.5) 63(37.5)
Exercise that is good for health must make you puff and pant High 44(72.1) 17(27.9) 2.55 0.072
Low 151(61.1) 96(38.9)
Several short walks of 10 minutes each on most days is better than one round of golf per week for good health High 183(61.4) 68(35.2) 0.03 0.532
Low 52(53.6) 45(46.4)
Perception of role
Discussing the benefits of a physically active lifestyle with patients is part of the physical therapist’s role High 189(63.2) 110(37.6) 0.05 0.567
Low 6(66.7) 3(33.3)
Suggesting to patients ways to increase daily PA is part of the physical therapist’s role High 184(62.8) 106(37.2) 0.68 0.297
Low 11(73.3) 4(26.7)
Confidence in promoting Physical activity
I feel confident in giving general advice to patients on a physically active lifestyle High 186(62.4) 112(37.6) 3.17 0.067
Low 9(90.0) 1(10.0)
I feel confident in suggesting specific PA programs for my patients High 182(62.5) 109(37.5) 1.34 0.186
Low 13(76.5) 4(23.5)
Physical therapists should be physically active to act as a role model for their patients High 180(62.5) 108(37.5) 1.26 0.190
Low 15(75.0) 5(25.0)

P-level of significance set at < 0.05, PA = Physical activity.

Aweto et al.

Aweto et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:21   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-21

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