Background: Physical activity is one of the major lifestyle related health determinants. Doctorsí self-involvement in physical activity may improve patient motivation, thus encouraging them for a physically active lifestyle.
AIMS: To co-relate physical activity and quality of life in middle age female medical professionals using International Physical Activity Questionnaire and SF-36 respectively.
Materials & Methods: 40 female health professionals between 40-60 years were included with no history of recent trauma or surgery. Those willing and fulfilling the selection criteria were then explained the nature and purpose of the study. Demographic details were taken along with the outcomes measures were taken using the self administered questionnaires. Level of significance was set at 5%.
Results: Statistical analysis was done using SPSS version 16. Variables were analyzed for normal distribution. Pearsonís test of co-relation was applied between the outcome measures. Physical activity was found to have a strong positive co-relation with physical component summary of SF-36 (r=0.724) and a weak positive co-relation with mental component summary (r=0.302). Mean physical activity levels were calculated for 4 domains: work, domestic, leisure and transport.
Conclusion: Physical activity co-relates with physical component of quality of life in female doctors, highlighting the importance of physical activity and its benefits.
Physical activity, quality of life, mental component, physical component, female doctors.