F-58 Free Communication/Slide - Physical Activity Interventions in Primary: Care: MAY 29, 2009 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM ROOM: 616
Physician counseling for physical activity has been shown to increase patient physical activity level. However, very little is known regarding the knowledge level of physicians with respect to physical activity recommendations, especially among new physicians completing residency requirements. Additionally, research is limited regarding the counseling practices of physicians with respect to physical activity.
PURPOSE: Determine the knowledge of physical activity recommendations, participation in regular physical activity, and physical activity counseling practices in resident physicians.
METHODS: Seventy-five participants (44 female, 31 male, mean age=32 years) completing medical residency requirement responded to an online questionnaire. One group of items assessed current physical activity patterns for both aerobic exercise and resistance training. A second group of items assessed patient counseling related to aerobic exercise and resistance training. A third group of items assessed personal knowledge of current ACSM/AHA physical activity recommendations. Primary analyses included descriptive statistics and pairwise comparisons.
RESULTS: A majority of participants indicated that they participated in recommended amounts of aerobic (65%) and strength training (71%) exercise. A majority of participants indicated spending two minutes or less in aerobic exercise counseling (58%) and resistance exercise counseling (84%). Assessments of exercise knowledge indicated that 42% of respondents could not accurately note aerobic exercise intensity recommendations and that 70% could not accurately note minimum recommendations for strength training.
CONCLUSIONS: This study revealed that resident physicians are more active than the general population, but their counseling practices and knowledge of current physical activity recommendations is lacking. Findings suggest that medical residency training curriculum should place additional emphasis on didactic training on updated physical activity recommendations and implementation of physical activity counseling to patients.