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Table 3 Social/Professional roles of different professions identified as enablers

From: Barriers and enablers to physical activity behaviour in older adults during hospital stay: a qualitative study guided by the theoretical domains framework

Profession Role Reported by
P N PH PT
Physician Status of a physician   x x x
Providing patients with information on the importance of PA during  hospitalisation   x x  
Referring patients to therapy services   x x x
Nurse Providing patients with information on the importance of PA during hospitalisation   x x  
Assessing functional capabilities   x x x
Providing encouragement and assistance during PA   x   x
Providing walking aids   x x  
Training other nurses in safe patient handling and mobility   x   
Physiotherapist Providing patients with information on the importance of PA during hospitalisation x x x x
Assessing functional capabilities and risk of inactive behaviour   x x x
Assessing fall risk and fear of falling    x x
Providing encouragement and assistance during PA   x   x
Providing walking aids    x x
Instructing group exercise classes   x   x
Providing supervision in exercise rooms x    x
Stimulating prevention     x
Coaching patients, visitors and other HCPs x x x x
Educating other HCPs on the importance of PA during hospitalisation     x
Training other HCPs in safe patient handling and mobility   x   x
  1. P Patient, N Nurse, PH Physician, PT Physiotherapist, PA Physical activity, HCP Healthcare professional