Level of physical activity and knowledge about the physical activity guidelines in a group of medical residents from puerto rico

Ricardo Gago, Humberto M. Guiot, Yanira Z. Vázquez-Pérez, Carlos M. Morales, Cariane Morales, Juan R. Barrón

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Abstract

Objective: Physicians who know about physical activity guidelines (PAG) and those who adhere to the PAG themselves may have a greater tendency to recommend physical activity (PA) to their patients. This study was aimed at evaluating the level of PA in a group of medical residents from Puerto Rico and to assess their knowledge regarding the PAG for adults. Methods: A total of 104 medical residents from Puerto Rico completed a selfadministered questionnaire designed to obtain standardized estimates of their PA and to determine their level of knowledge regarding the PAG. Results: Most of the medical residents (66.3%) declared that they did not have any knowledge of the existence of the PAG and that their residency programs had not provided any educational activities about the PAG (96.2%). The level of inactivity among medical residents was high; 41.35% reported not engaging in any PA during their leisure time. Conclusion: Most of the medical residents in this group from Puerto Rico did not know about the PAG and many of them did not engage in PA. As a means of improving patient care, medical residents from Puerto Rico might benefit if their programs implemented educational activities aimed at increasing knowledge of both PA and the PAG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-230
Number of pages5
JournalPuerto Rico health sciences journal
Volume38
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Exercise
  • IPAQ
  • Physicians
  • Puerto Rico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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