Age as a risk factor for physical activity recommendation withholding

Rasa Kiršteina, Sannija Melbārde

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Abstract

Regular physical activity is significant for physical and mental health. All health professionals should counsel their
patients to engage in physical activity independently on patient’s age, physical state or disability.
The aim of this study was to determine whether age is a factor that impacts how often does a patient receive
recommendations about physical activity.
Patients were interviewed with a questionnaire, it was developed based on guidance of World Health Organization guidelines “Global recommendations on physical activity for health” (2010). Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS.
This study included 101 hospitalized patients from National Rehabilitation Centre “Vaivari”. 60.4% were women and
39.6% were men. Patients were divided in to 3 age groups: under 30 years old, from 31 to 50 years old and older than 50.
From age group under 30 years old, 42.8% received recommendations about physical activity on every personnel visit, but 57.2% received them only once or not at all.
From age group 31 to 50 years old, 80% received recommendations about physical activity on every personnel visit and 20% received them only once or not at all.
From age group above 50 years old, 81.5% received recommendations about physical activity on every personnel visit
and 18.5% received them only once or not at all.
Younger patients tended to receive recommendations less than older ones (p=0.02). This might be due to the fact that in the age group under 30 years 24% stated that they have had episodes when they did not wish to communicate with medical personnel and did not wish to receive recommendations. In the two remaining age groups 12% stated the same.
Age was a statistically significant factor. Younger patients received recommendations less. One could argue that it was
because younger people have had more episodes when they did not wish to communicate and receive recommendations
from the medical personnel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 62nd International Scientific Conference of Daugavpils University
Subtitle of host publicationPart A. Natural Sciences
EditorsIrēna Kokina
Place of PublicationDaugavpils
PublisherDaugavpils University
Pages144-149
ISBN (Print)978-9984-14-925-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventDaugavpils Universitātes 62. starptautiskā zinātniskā konference = the 62nd International Scientific Conference of Daugavpils University - Daugavpils, Latvia
Duration: 28 May 202029 May 2020
Conference number: 62

Conference

ConferenceDaugavpils Universitātes 62. starptautiskā zinātniskā konference = the 62nd International Scientific Conference of Daugavpils University
CountryLatvia
CityDaugavpils
Period28/05/2029/05/20

Keywords

  • physical activity
  • recommendations
  • age as a risk factor
  • sedentary
  • lifestyle

Field of Science

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code

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