A Comparison of Stages of Adoption of Exercise and Decisional Balance for Exercise in Nurses and Non-Nurses
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The problem, The purpose of this study was to explore the differences in Decisional Balance for Exercise and Stages of Adoption of Exercise between nurses and non-nurses and the investigate the correlation of Decisional Balance for Exercise and Stages of Adoption of Exercise within a group of nurses. Procedure. The study was an expos facto design. A convenience sample of 93 employees of a rural healthcare facility, The Decisional Balance for Exercise and Stages of Adoption of Exercise tools (Marcus, 1992) were utilized. Demographic data was also collected. Findings: This study found that there was no significant difference in the Decisional Balance for Exercise in nurses vs. non-nurses. This study also found no significant difference between nurses and non-nurses in their Stages of Adoption of Exercise. However, the study did find a significant difference (p<0.05) in Decisional Balance for Exercise scores within the subsample of nurses when the sample was categorized according to the Stage of Adoption of Exercise, Conclusions: This study suggests that the identification of the Decisional Balance for Exercise in an individual will facilitate movement
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