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Table 3 Prevalence, knowledge and opinions of health professionals with regards to physical activity counseling, Brazil, 2011

From: Physical activity counseling in primary health care in Brazil: a national study on prevalence and associated factors

Variables General* Physicians Nurses
  % % %
Physical activity counseling    
Yes 68.9 81.2 61.4
Performs physical activity assessment*    
Yes 64.0 73.6 58.8
Considers it feasible that physical activity programs are offered in your health care unit    
Yes 86.0 83.4 87.3
Considers it a priority that physical activity programs are offered in your health care unit    
Yes 75.7 76.1 75.5
Thinks the lack of knowledge is a barrier to physical activity counseling    
Yes 41.3 37.0 43.5
Thinks the lack of time is a barrier to physical activity counseling *    
Yes 64.2 59.7 66.6
Thinks the lack of places for physical activity practice is a barrier to physical activity counseling    
Yes 77.8 80.0 76.7
Feels prepared to advise patients on physical activity *    
Well prepared 54.1 72.5 44.4
Importance of physical activity programs in primary health care settings    
Agree 94.7 95.0 94.5
Who should be the main professional responsible for physical activity promotion in primary health care settings?    
Physical Education professional 58.5 44.8 65.7
Self-rated knowledge on the recommendations of physical activity for health    
Do not know enough 92.6 84.8 96.5
Knowledge on the recommendations for moderate-intensity physical activity    
Responded incorrectly (duration or frequency) 93.2 93.4 93.1
Knowledge on the recommendations of vigorous-intensity physical activity    
Responded incorrectly (duration or frequency) 98.9 97.8 99.4
Opinion on the possibility of combining moderate and vigorous-intensity physical activity for achieving health guidelines    
Agree 73.3 71.2 74.4
The health care unit has physical activity programs for patients*    
Yes 40.5 46.3 37.4
  1. *Significant associations (p < 0.05) with regular counseling for physical activity.