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Table 3 Spearman’s rank correlation investigating the association between correlates of PA at baseline versus PA level at 6-month follow-up

From: Which patients benefit from physical activity on prescription (PAP)? A prospective observational analysis of factors that predict increased physical activity

Correlates of PA (n) PA level
Spearman’s rho (r) p value
Self-efficacy expectations (326) 0.14 0.010
Outcome expectations (313) −0.15 0.007
Enjoyment (315) 0.12 0.033
Social support
 Family-positive (310) 0.07 0.217
 Friends-positive (303) 0.07 0.201
 Family-negative (327) 0.02 0.790
Readiness to change   
 Prepared (348) 0.14 0.011
 Important (348) 0.04 0.469
 Confident (347) 0.17 0.001
BMI (357) −0.14 0.008
Physical component summary - SF-36 (344) 0.13 0.017
Mental component summary - SF-36 (344) 0.05 0.322
PA level at baseline (361) 0.18 0.001
Age (362) 0.03 0.543
Sex (362) 0.06 0.235
Economic status (353) −0.06 0.225
Social situation (350) 0.07 0.187
Educational level (354) 0.01 0.978
Smoking (353) 0.04 0.443
  1. PA level physical activity level according to ACSM/AHA questionnaire, ACSM American College of Sports Medicine, AHA American Heart Association, BMI body mass index, SF-36 36-Item Short Form Health Survey
  2. Statistical significance was set at p ≤ 0.05. Statistical significant p-values are presented in bold numbers