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Table 3 Attitudes toward exercise and toward recommending exercise across oncologists’ own physical activity levels

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

  Physical activity level (Tertiles)
Low (N = 56) Middle (N = 52) High (N = 58)
Attitudes toward exercise In my opinion exercise is beneficial during treatment. 5.80 ± 1.43 5.85 ± 1.35 5.93 ± 1.39
In my opinion exercise is important during treatment. 5.64 ± 1.50 5.90 ± 1.11 6.02 ± 1.20
In my opinion exercise is safe during treatment. 5.00 ± 1.34 5.22 ± 1.27 5.21 ± 1.25
Most patients believe they should exercise during cancer treatment. 5.21 ± 1.46 5.25 ± 1.49 5.67 ± 1.25
Most fellow oncologists think patients should exercise during cancer treatment. 4.68 ± 1.39 4..70 ± 1.49 5.02 ± 1.32
Most of my patients are capable of exercising during cancer treatment. 4.71 ± 1.59 4.81 ± 1.36 5.17 ± 1.47
Exercising during treatment for my patients is easy. 3.71 ± 1.40 4.04 ± 1.39 3.88 ± 1.42
Attitudes toward recommending exercise Providing an exercise recommendation would be well received. 5.14 ± 1.17 5.04 ± 1.14 5.19 ± 1.15
If I provided a recommendation, patients would follow my advice. 4.79 ± 1.14 4.83 ± 1.11 4.93 ± 1.11
My fellow oncologists think I should recommend exercise. 5.43 ± 1.26 5.36 ± 1.43 5.91 ± 1.22
My patients think I should recommend exercise. 4.73 ± 1.40 5.04 ± 1.45 5.40 ± 1.38*
Whether I recommend exercise is completely up to me. 4.18 ± 1.54 4.48 ± 1.42 4.98 ± 1.32*
When appropriate, I try to recommend exercise. 4.50 ± 1.50 4.57 ± 1.54 4.78 ± 1.64
For me, providing a recommendation is easy. 4.80 ± 1.37 5.04 ± 1.44 5.55 ± 1.33*
Exercise recommendations Exercise recommendation to their cancer patients. 41.80 ± 24.63 41.73 ± 30.01 51.57 ± 29.16
  1. Values given as mean ± SD. Physical activity level (Low PA group: 0 ~ 70 minutes/week, middle PA group: 71 ~ 165 minutes/week, high PA group: 166 ~ 540 minutes/week). *Significant difference with low PA.