Table 5

Do primary care providers feel confident promoting PA?

StudyConfidence in providing PA counselling
Buffart et al2682%, 92% and 92% of physicians in 1997, 2000, and 2007, respectively, agreed with the statement ‘I feel confident in giving general advice to my patients about PA.’
Bull et al2891.3% of physicians agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that they felt confident providing general advice to patients on PA. However, only 45.5% felt the same giving specific advice on PA.
Burns et al14Out of 582 ANPs, the average Likert score for confidence to counsel patients was 3.8 (on a scale from 1 to 5, 5 being very confident)
Cho et al2559.7% of physicians perceived themselves ‘prepared’ or ‘well prepared’ for lifestyle counselling, including PA counselling.
Douglas et al1866% of GPs and 71% of nurses agreed or strongly agreed that they have sufficient knowledge to advise patients about PA.
Lawlor et al2477% of physicians agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that they have sufficient knowledge to advise patients about PA.
Reed et al15Only 27% of physicians rated themselves as ‘very knowledgeable’ regarding counselling about exercise, and 46% rated themselves ‘very comfortable’ counselling about exercise.
Steptoe et al2248.6% of GPs and 48.2% of nurses felt properly trained to give PA advice. 21.9% of GPs and 14.5% of nurses felt that it is not very difficult to counsel patients about PA.
Van der Ploeg et al2783% and 92% of GPs felt confident in providing general advice to patients on PA in 1997 and 2000, respectively. With regard to suggesting specific PA programs for patients, 63% of GPs felt confident in doing so in 1997, and 71% felt confident doing so in 2000.
Walsh et al1721.7% of physicians rated themselves as very comfortable with PA counselling, and 63.4% rated themselves somewhat comfortable. 74% felt they had adequate knowledge to prescribe PA to healthy adults.
  • ANP, adult nurse practitioner; GP, general practitioner; PA, physical activity.