Correlating physical activity and quality of life of healthcare workers.

Authors:
Maria Saridi
Maria Saridi
University of Peloponnese
Τρίπολη | Greece
Georgios Tzitzikos
Georgios Tzitzikos
a Medical School
Pavlos Sarafis
Pavlos Sarafis
University of Athens Medical School
Greece
Kyriakos Souliotis
Kyriakos Souliotis
University of Peloponnese
Τρίπολη | Greece

BMC Res Notes 2019 Apr 4;12(1):208. Epub 2019 Apr 4.

Faculty of Social and Education Policy, University of Peloponnese, 20131, Corinth, Greece.

Objective: The purpose of the present study was to investigate healthcare workers' physical exercise levels linked to their quality of life. Healthcare workers' from all departments of a General hospital participated in the study. The instruments used for data collection regarding quality of life and physical exercise (Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) and International Physical Activity Questionnaire-short form).

Results: Regarding the lack of physical exercise, the participants mainly put the blame on lack of free time (58%, n = 106), work hours (41% n = 75), but also pure negligence (37%, n = 67). The SF-36 scores showed that the existence of health problems can affect in a negative way and aggravate almost every quality of life parameter. Regarding physical activities in the past 7 days prior to the survey, most of them were about housekeeping and household-related chores (42.3%), followed by out-of-the-house errands (13.2%). There were also differences among mental health and postgraduate education level. According to our findings, a major factor that could boost healthcare professionals' physical activity, is to increase knowledge and raise awareness about the benefits linked to physical activity.

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