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Table 5 Use of exercise according to MOVE consensus-derived attitude statement responses: statements relating to the benefits of exercise

From: What influences general practitioners’ use of exercise for patients with chronic knee pain? Results from a national survey

Attitude statement Response to attitude statement Used exercise for the vignette patient Odds ratio (95% CI) for use of exercise
No Yes
GPs should prescribe quadriceps strengthening exercises to every patient with CKPa Neither disagree or agree 42 (23%) 142 (77%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 12 (18%) 56 (82%) 1.38 (0.68,2.81)
(Strongly) agree 50 (9%) 520 (91%) 3.08 (1.96,4.83)
GPs should prescribe general exercise, for example, walking or swimming, for every patient with CKPa Neither disagree or agree 17 (25%) 50 (75%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 3 (13%) 21 (88%) 2.38 (0.63,8.99)
(Strongly) agree 84 (11%) 649 (89%) 2.63 (1.45,4.76)
Knee problems are improved by quadriceps strengthening exercisesb Neither disagree or agree 26 (28%) 67 (72%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 0 (0%) 3 (100%) - - - -
(Strongly) agree 78 (11%) 650 (89%) 3.23 (1.94,5.39)
Knee problems are improved by general exercise, for example, walking or swimmingb Neither disagree or agree 14 (26%) 40 (74%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 0 (0%) 4 (100%) - - - -
(Strongly) agree 90 (12%) 676 (88%) 2.63 (1.38,5.02)
Quadriceps strengthening exercises for the knee are safe for everybody to dob Neither disagree or agree 44 (18%) 200 (82%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 15 (13%) 105 (88%) 1.54 (0.82,2.90)
(Strongly) agree 45 (10%) 412 (90%) 2.01 (1.29,3.15)
General exercise, for example, walking or swimming, is safe for everybody to dob Neither disagree or agree 26 (20%) 106 (80%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 14 (13%) 91 (87%) 1.59 (0.79,3.24)
(Strongly) agree 64 (11%) 519 (89%) 1.99 (1.21,3.28)
Exercise is effective for patients if an x-ray shows severe knee osteoarthritisb Neither disagree or agree 42 (16%) 219 (84%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 24 (18%) 108 (82%) 0.86 (0.50,1.50)
(Strongly) agree 38 (9%) 391 (91%) 1.97 (1.24,3.15)
Exercise works just as well for everybody, regardless of the amount of pain they haveb Neither disagree or agree 32 (13%) 207 (87%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 55 (14%) 349 (86%) 0.98 (0.61,1.57)
(Strongly) agree 17 (9%) 163 (91%) 1.48 (0.80,2.76)
Increasing the strength of the muscles around the knee stops the knee problem getting worseb Neither disagree or agree 37 (15%) 203 (85%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 19 (15%) 109 (85%) 1.05 (0.57,1.91)
(Strongly) agree 48 (11%) 408 (90%) 1.55 (0.98,2.46)
Increasing the overall activity levels stops the knee problem getting worseb Neither disagree or agree 39 (13%) 270 (87%) 1.00
(Strongly) disagree 28 (18%) 130 (82%) 0.67 (0.40,1.14)
(Strongly) agree 37 (10%) 318 (90%) 1.24 (0.77,2.00)
  1. CI confidence interval, CKP chronic knee pain, GP general practitioner
  2. a = Moral norm; b = Beliefs about consequences
  3. CI not spanning 1.0 are captured in bold