International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 9, Issue 4 (2022)

Physical activity levels and associated socio-demographic factors among Medical officers and Nursing officers in national hospital for respiratory diseases (NHRD) Welisara


Punchihewa P D, Wanigarathna D L, Piyasena I N A P, Fernando W S N, Weerackody V C

Regular physical activity is an essential ingredient to a healthy lifestyle. Because of the busy schedule of healthcare workers in hospitals, engaging in regular physical activity is a challenge for them. Therefore, this study was planned to describe Physical activity levels among Medical officers and Nursing officers in the National Hospital for Respiratory Diseases (NHRD) Welisara. This was a hospital based descriptive cross-sectional study. All Medical officers and Nursing officers who were attached to NHRD Welisara and having minimum of three months’ period of service were included. The self-administered version of International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was used for data collection. The study had 144 participants with the mean age of 36.88 years. Male and female participants were 15.3% and 84.7% respectively. Out of all 77.8% were married. Ethnic distribution was Sinhalese 94.4% and Tamil 5.6%. out of all participants, 11.8% (n=17) had low physical activity levels, 36.8% (n=53) had moderate physical activity level and 51.4% (n=74) had high level of physical activity. There were no statistically significant differences of results according to their gender, marital status or ethnicity. However, statistically significant difference was observed among age categories. The study further revealed that Nursing Officers had significantly high level of physical activity compared to that of Medical Officers. As the conclusion, Majority of participants, 88.2% had moderate or high level of physical activity. The level of physical activity was not varied significantly by gender, marital status or ethnicity. However, statistically significant difference was observed among age categories and professional categories.
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Punchihewa P D, Wanigarathna D L, Piyasena I N A P, Fernando W S N, Weerackody V C. Physical activity levels and associated socio-demographic factors among Medical officers and Nursing officers in national hospital for respiratory diseases (NHRD) Welisara. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 9, Issue 4, 2022, Pages 43-49
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