Health promoting practices and personal lifestyle behaviors of Brazilian health professionals

Health promoting practices and personal lifestyle behaviors of Brazilian health professionals

Author Hidalgo, Karen D. Google Scholar
Mielke, Gregore I. Google Scholar
Parra, Diana C. Google Scholar
Lobelo, Felipe Google Scholar
Simoes, Eduardo J. Google Scholar
Gomes, Grace O. Google Scholar
Florindo, Alex A. Google Scholar
Bracco, Mario Google Scholar
Moura, Lenildo Google Scholar
Brownson, Ross C. Google Scholar
Pratt, Michael Google Scholar
Ramos, Luiz Roberto Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Hallal, Pedro C. Google Scholar
Abstract Background: This study was conducted to examine the lifestyle behaviors and health promoting practices of physicians, nurses, and community health workers in Brazil. Methods: A random sample of primary health care units in Brazil was selected, and a pretested questionnaire was administered via phone interviews, in 2011, to 182 physicians, 347 nurses, and 269 community health workers, totaling 798 health professionals. The total initial sample included 1600 eligible health professionals. Variables measured included physical activity, alcohol intake, hours of sleep, diet, and perceived self-efficacy to provide preventive counseling on related lifestyle behaviors. Results: More than 25 % of physicians, nurses, and community health workers reported eating 0-2 portions of fruits and vegetables per day. In terms of cervical and breast cancer, nurses reported to be 'very prepared' to advise patients on these topics more frequently than physicians. The prevalence of smoking ranged from 4.9 % among nurses to 7.4 % among community health workers. The proportion of physical inactivity ranged from 40. 3 % among nurses to 52.1 % among community health workers. Conclusion: A reasonably high proportion of physicians, nurses, and community health workers report not engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors that impact chronic diseases, thus, they may be less likely to encourage such behaviors in their patients.
Keywords Health promotion
Lifestyle behavior
Counseling
Health care
Brazil
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Language English
Sponsor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Prevention Research Centers Program
Grant number Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Prevention Research Centers Program: U48/DP001903
Date 2016
Published in Bmc Public Health. London, v. 16, p. -, 2016.
ISSN 1471-2458 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Biomed Central Ltd
Extent -
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3778-2
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000385965900001
URI https://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/56886

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