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Examination of Acute Care Nurses Ability to Engage in Patient Education Related to Physical Activity as a Health Behavior

Hoffman, Leslie and Zewe, Gretchen/E and Bayles, Constance and Miketic, Joyce and Jakicic, John (2012) Examination of Acute Care Nurses Ability to Engage in Patient Education Related to Physical Activity as a Health Behavior. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Physical activity is important for management and prevention of chronic disease. The current physical activity guidelines recommend engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day on at least 5 days a week. Acute care settings may present opportunities for patient education about physical activity. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the ability of acute care nurses to engage in patient education regarding physical activity as a health behavior. Additionally, this study examined the influence of level of nurse training, age, personal physical activity and years of experience on these outcomes. METHODS: Nurses from an academic medical center (N=194) were surveyed. Knowledge of current physical activity guidelines, rank of importance of physical activity as a patient care activity and a healthy lifestyle behavior, and confidence to counsel patients about physical activity were queried. RESULTS: Of nurses queried, 32.5% reported days per week and 83% reported minutes per day to engage in physical activity consistent with current guidelines. Physical activity counseling was ranked least important of ten patient care activities and fifth as a healthy lifestyle behavior. The majority of nurses (51%) felt some degree of confidence to counsel patients regarding physical activity. Baccalaureate level nurses were more likely to be consistent with physical activity guidelines than master’s level nurses. Nurses <25 years of age were more current in knowledge of physical activity guidelines than nurses ≥41 years of age. Nurses who exercised were more likely to report knowing current physical activity guidelines. Reported time spent counseling patientsregarding physical activity averaged 6 minutes per patient per day. CONCLUSION: Acute care nurses are counseling patients regarding physical activity although it is ranked least important of ten patient care activities. Future research should include studying: a variety of patient populations; other hospital settings; objective measures of evaluation; and nurses’ training regarding physical activity.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hoffman, Leslielhof@pitt.eduLHOF
Zewe, Gretchen/Ezewegr@pitt.eduZEWEGR
Bayles, Constancecbayles@pitt.eduCBAYLES
Miketic, Joycejkm10@pitt.eduJKM10
Jakicic, Johnjjakicic@pitt.eduJJAKICIC
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberHoffman, Leslielhof@pitt.eduLHOF
Committee MemberBayles, Constance cbayles@pitt.eduCBAYLES
Committee MemberMiketic, Joyce Kathleenjkm10@pitt.eduJKM10
Committee ChairJakicic, JohnjjakicicJJAKICIC
Date: 29 August 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 23 July 2012
Approval Date: 29 August 2012
Submission Date: 13 August 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 122
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Health and Physical Activity
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing, physical activity, exercise, physical activity guidelines, patient education, patient counseling
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2012 19:03
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:01


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