Physical Activity Practices among Primary Health Care Physicians in AlJouf: A Cross-Sectional Study | Abstract

International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
ISSN: 2319-5886 Indexed in: ESCI (Thomson Reuters)


Physical Activity Practices among Primary Health Care Physicians in AlJouf: A Cross-Sectional Study

Author(s):Abdulrahman Mutarid Alruwaili

Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate the physical activity and its association with the blood pressure among primary health care physicians in the Aljouf Region of Saudi Arabia. Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted between May and July 2019 at primary health care clinics situated in the Aljouf region. A self-administrated questionnaire was used to collect data. Association of participants’ gender and blood pressure readings with their physical activity was computed by using statistical tests. Results: Out of 81 participants, 71 (87.7%) were physically active. Among physically active participants 43.7% used to do mild physical activities while 43.7% and 12.6% used to do moderate and vigorous physical activities. There was no statistical significance was found between gender, blood pressure and physical activities among physicians. Conclusion: The prevalence of physical activity among the physicians was quite high and it was the fruitful outcome of this study. However, a study with large sample size is required to test any statistically significant association between blood pressure and physical activity. Furthermore, it is also vital to counsel the patients in order to promote daily physical activities among the general population living in Saudi Arabia.

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