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Table 2 Attitudes toward exercise and recommending exercise for cancer patients

From: Characteristics of attitude and recommendation of oncologists toward exercise in South Korea: a cross sectional survey study

Survey item Mean ± SD Disagree Neutral Agree
N % N % N %
Attitudes toward exercise In my opinion exercise is beneficial during treatment. 5.9 ± 1.4 5 4.0 28 22.4 91 72.8
In my opinion exercise is important during treatment. 5.9 ± 1.3 5 4.0 32 25.6 87 69.6
In my opinion exercise is safe during treatment. 5.1 ± 1.3 3 2.4 71 56.3 49 39.2
Most patients believe they should exercise during cancer treatment. 5.38 ± 1.41 5 4.0 51 40.8 69 55.2
Most fellow oncologists think patients should exercise during cancer treatment. 4.8 ± 1.4 10 8.0 76 60.8 39 31.2
Most of my patients are capable of exercising during cancer treatment. 4.9 ± 1.5 9 7.2 67 53.6 49 39.3
Exercising during treatment for my patients is easy. 3.9 ± 1.1.4 10 15.2 91 72.8 15 12.0
Attitudes toward recommending exercise Providing an exercise recommendation would be well received. 5.1 ± 1.2 3 1.8 96 57.5 68 40.7
If I provided a recommendation, patients would follow my advice. 4.9 ± 1.1 3 1.8 115 68.9 49 29.3
My fellow oncologists think I should recommend exercise. 5.6 ± 1.3 6 3.6 61 36.5 100 59.9
My patients think I should recommend exercise. 5.1 ± 1.4 8 4.8 91 54.5 68 40.7
Whether I recommend exercise is completely up to me. 4.6 ± 1.5 17 10.2 99 59.3 50 29.9
When appropriate, I try to recommend exercise. 4.6 ± 1.6 21 12.6 93 55.7 53 31.7
For me, providing a recommendation is easy. 5.1 ± 1.4 9 5.4 83 49.7 75 44.9
   0 ~ 33% 34 ~ 67% 68 ~ 100%
What % of your patients in your opinion try to exercise during cancer treatment? 44.8 ± 20.5 47 37.6 51 40.8 19 15.2
What % of your patients in your opinion manage to exercise during cancer treatment? 33.6 ± 19.0 75 60 31 24.8 9 7.2
  1. Values given as mean ± SD for continuous variables and frequency (%) for categorical variables. All items rated on 7-point Likert scale: Disagree (responses 1–2), Neutral l (responses 3–5), Agree (responses 6–7).