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Table 3 Description of datasets in relation to each measure before (baseline) and after the development work (follow-up)a

From: Developing physical activity counselling in primary care through participatory action approach

  Baseline Follow-up
Health professionals responding to the questionnaire, N (%) b 75 (53 %) 80 (57 %)
 Profession
  physician 18 (24) 13 (16)
  nurse 42 (56) 43 (54)
  physiotherapist 15 (20) 24 (30)
Years in the current working place, mean (SD) 11.3 (10.4) 11.2 (10.0)
Working in outpatient health servicesc 74 (99) 79 (99)
Patients per day, mean (SD) 9.0 (5.6) 12.7 (23.5)
Minutes per patient, mean (SD) 36.5 (18.3) 37.6 (18.7)
Patient visits on the record sheets, N 1008 1000
 By a professional group, N (%)
  physician 413 (41) 228 (23)
  nurse 417 (41) 633 (63)
  physiotherapist 178 (18) 139 (14)
 By a single employee, mean (SD) 9.1 (8.0) 9.1 (6.9)
  physician 11.0 (9.5) 10.0 (8.1)
  nurse 8.0 (6.6) 9.3 (6.5)
  physiotherapist 7.0 (6.1) 7.2 (6.1)
Health professionals completing the record sheet on patients visitsd N = 112 (79 %) N = 89 (63 %)
 physician 35 (31) 17 (19)
 nurse 51 (46) 54 (61)
 physiotherapist 26 (23) 18 (20)
Patients responding to the questionnairee N = 441 (44 %) N = 431 (43 %)
 Age, mean (SD) 54.1 (17.8) 58.6 (17.3)
 Sex
  female 286 (65) 280 (65)
  male 153 (35) 148 (35)
 Professional visited
  physician 193 (44) 198 (46)
  nurse 152 (35) 135 (32)
  physiotherapist 81 (19) 87 (20)
  other 10 (2) 8 (2)
 Reason for the visit
  diagnostic examinations or treatment of a symptom, disease or injury 261 (60) 277 (64)
  preventive health examination 54 (12) 55 (13)
  birth control, maternity care 35 (8) 27 (6)
  other 85 (20) 71 (17)
First visit 152 (35) 128 (30)
Illness diagnosed by a physicianf 338 (83) 350 (87)
Moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity 1–2 hours a week and muscular strength training on at least 2 days a week. 137 (33) 146 (37)
External partners interviewed N = 48 N = 28
Primary working place
 non-profit health or patient organization 8 (17) 6 (21)
 exercise and sports club 7 (15) 4 (14)
 public PA services 7 (15) 2 (7)
 private fitness centre 6 (12) 2 (7)
 adult education centre etc. 4 (8) 3 (11)
 other 16 (33) 11 (39)
Implements PA counselling in own work. 20 (42) 9 (32)
Reports that there is an agreement in the municipality about the coordination of health-enhancing PA. 24 (50) 18 (64)
Reports that there is an agreement in the municipality about sharing the responsibilities of health-enhancing PA. 15 (31) 8 (29)
  1. Numbers (N) and proportions (%) or means and standard deviations (SD)
  2. aIn the datasets of questionnaire to health professionals and external partner interview the follow-up measures were addressed not only to those responding at baseline but also to non-respondents. As a result, the persons responding at baseline and follow-up may have been slightly different. In the datasets concerning record sheets on patient visits and questionnaire to the patients it is likely that majority of the patients were different at the two time points
  3. bQuestionnaire to the health professionals was targeted to physicians, nurses and physiotherapists, n = 141 at baseline and follow-up
  4. cMultiple responses were allowed. If at least one of the responses was maternity or child health care, school or student health care, occupational health care, consultations for special groups, it indicated working in outpatient health services
  5. dThe record sheet on all non-emergency patient visits was delivered to physicians, nurses and physiotherapists (n = 141) to be kept for 5 days or until records on 15 patients had been completed
  6. eThe percentage has been calculated from the total number of patient visits recorded, which was 1008 at baseline and 1000 at follow-up
  7. fCoronary artery disease, hypertension, claudication, other cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, overweight, asthma, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, lower limb osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory joint disease, chronic or frequent low back pain, chronic or frequent neck-shoulder pain, osteoporosis or related fractures, low state of mood or depression, sleeping disorders, breast cancer, colon cancer