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Table 4 Descriptive analysis of oncologists’ exercise recommendations

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

Variable Mean ± SD
What percentage of your patients have initiated a discussion with you about exercise during cancer treatment over the past month? 29.5 ± 22.4
What percentage of your patients have you recommended exercise to during cancer treatment over the past month? 45.0 ± 28.2
On average, if a patient initiates a discussion with you on exercise, how long do you spend discussing this topic? (min) 4.3 ± 2.9
Benefits of exercise for cancer survivors (Multiple response)
  N %
Improve the ability to perform daily tasks 128 26.7
Improve mental health 118 24.6
Attenuate physical decline from treatment 92 19.2
Reduce body weight 44 9.2
Reduce the risk of other diseases 37 7.7
Help patients cope 34 7.1
Reduce the risk of recurrence 23 4.8
No recommendation 2 0.4
Other 1 0.2
Total 479 100
What kind of exercise do you recommend (Multiple response)
  N %
Aerobic activity 157 57.1
Flexible activity 58 21.1
Lifestyle activity 48 17.5
Resistance activity 11 4.0
Total 275 100
Barriers to recommending exercise for cancer survivors (Multiple response)
  N %
Lack of time during office visit 40 24.0
Unclear recommendations 35 21.0
Concerns about the safety of exercise 34 20.4
Lack of patient interest 13 7.8
Concerns about the effectiveness of exercise 7 4.2
Lack of reimbursement for counseling on exercise 6 3.6
Enough recommendations 32 19.2
Total 479 100
  1. Values given as mean ± SD for continuous variables and frequency (%) for categorical variables.