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JRCRS. 2018; 6(1): 51-55


Physical Activity and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Physiotherapists

Khadija Amin, Sana Hafeez, Danish Hassan, Saima Zahid.

Abstract
Background: Physiotherapy profession demands high manual work. The objective of this study was to determine the level of physical activity and health-related quality of life among academic and clinical physiotherapists.
Methods: A cross sectional survey was conducted in which 200 physiotherapists were included. The data was collected from different universities and hospitals. Physical activity was measured through the Active Australia survey and health- related quality of life was measured through SF- 36.
Results: Results of this study showed that 72% of the physiotherapists were active. 81.9% of the clinical, 58.3% of the academic and 71.2% working in both were active. According to quality of life, therapist’s physical health summary is 68.2 ± 18.36 and mental health summary is 63.0 ± 18.3.
Conclusion: From this study it was concluded that clinical physiotherapists had a high level of physical activity than academic therapists. The other conclusion is that therapists working for 6 hours had a good health status as compared to those working for more than 6 hours.

Key words: Musculoskeletal disorders, physiotherapists, physical activity



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