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Table 1 Demographics and other characteristics among MDs participating in the workshop

From: One-day workshop-based training improves physical activity prescription knowledge in Latin American physicians: a pre-test post-test study

Demographics/Characteristics GPs n = 349 (33.4%) PCPs n = 348 (33.3%) Non-PCPs n = 347 (33.2%) Total n = 1044
Age (years) 38.2 ± 10.8 a 42.8 ± 10.8 c 40.5 ± 10.2 b 40.5 ± 10.7
# (%) Female gender 199 (57%) a 170 (49%) 156 (45%) b 525 (50%)
Body mass index (kg/m2)
# (%) Overweight and obesity (>25 kg/m2)
26.0 ± 4.9
152 (50%)
25.6 ± 3.8
161 (55%)
25.3 ± 3.7 b
151 (49%)
25.6 ± 4.2
464 (51%)
Aerobic PA per week [min] 202 ± 202 222 ± 211 243 ± 214 223 ± 210
Daily sitting time (hours) 6.4 ± 3.6 a 5.2 ± 3.4 5.2 ± 3.4 b 5.6 ± 3.5
# (%) complies with aerobic PA recommendation 149 (49%) 159 (53%) 180 (58%) b 488 (53%)
# (%) complies with muscular PA recommendation 115 (38%) 112 (37%) 122 (39%) 349 (38%)
# (%) complies with global PA recommendation 90 (30%) 89 (29%) 101 (33%) 280 (31%)
# (%) evaluate PA in their clinical practice 226 (75%) 240 (80%) 243 (79%) 709 (78%)
# (%) recommends PA in their clinical practice 250 (83%) 260 (87%) 259 (84%) 769 (84%)
# (%) Agree with: “Doctors are responsible for promoting adequate physical activity levels” 294 (97%) 281 (94%) 294 (95%) 869 (95%)
# (%) Agree with: “I will be able to provide more credible and effective counseling if I stay fit” 284 (94%) 275 (91%) 288 (93%) 847 (93%)
# (%) Agree with: “I am effective in helping my patients to be physically active” 224 (74%) 212 (70%) 229 (74%) 665 (73%)
  1. aStatistically significant difference between GP and PCP (p < 0.05)
  2. bStatistically significant difference between GP and Non-PCP (p < 0.05)
  3. cStatistically significant difference between Non-PCP and PCP (p < 0.05)
  4. GPs General Practitioner, PCP primary care physicians-family medicine, general internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, Non-PCP primary care physicians- sports medicine, physical medicine, other specialties –public health, surgery, dermatology, orthopedics, anesthesiology, geriatrics, pathology, genetics, etc.– and internal medicine subspecialties –immunology, endocrinology, pulmonology, nephrology, gastroenterology, hematology, intensive care specialists, and infectious diseases specialists