Research Article

Physical activity and health-related quality of life among physiotherapists in Hebron/West Bank

Mouath D Abushkadim, Akram Amro and Muntaser S Ahmad*

Published: 07/13/2020 | Volume 4 - Issue 2 | Pages: 022-027


Introduction: Physical activity (PA) directly affects Health-related quality of life. The aim of the study was to establish the relationship between physical activity levels of physiotherapists and their physical activity promotion strategies. in Hebron- West Bank.

Method: The study relied on cross-section, which included 150 PTs distributed over 42 centers of Hebron areas in Palestine country. The questionnaire is based on Likert scale items pentagonal level, which included several aspects of Health-related quality of life. Statistical analysis was used to test the associations between different categorical variables (p < 0.05).

Results: of total 150 participants, most of them were male 56%, their ages ranged from 25-30 years (46%), and holding bachelor’s degrees 78%. About 60% of them are in good physical health. Most participants feel vitality, depression, quit, have energy, and are happy in the most of the time. In addition, most of them believe their health is similar to that of the members of the surrounding community. The study showed there is no relationship between general health and age except in the age group over 40 years, and females are the most exposed group. In addition, there is an influence relationship between physical and psychological with age, and this effect also includes females more than males.

Conclusion: Physical functioning of most of the participants was good, while most of the participants had problems with their work and the major effect was on the female category.

Read Full Article HTML DOI: 10.29328/journal.jnpr.1001033 Cite this Article


  1. Frantz JM, Ngambare R. Physical activity and health promotion strategies among physiotherapists in Rwanda. African health sciences. 2013; 13: 17-23. PubMed:
  2. Abaraogu UO, Edeonuh JC, Frantz J. Promoting physical activity and exercise in daily practice: Current practices, barriers, and training needs of physiotherapists in eastern Nigeria. Physiother Can. 2016; 68: 37–45, 2016. PubMed:
  3. Nordin NA, Leonard JH, Thye NC. Thye. Work-related injuries among physiotherapists in public hospitals-a Southeast Asian picture. Clinics. 2011; 66: 373–378. PubMed:
  4. Alarab A, Shameh RA, Shaheen H, Ahmad MS. Shock Wave Therapy and Ultrasound Therapy plus Exercises for Frozen Shoulder Joint Clients. Adv Nurs patient care Int J. 2018; 1: 1–7. PubMed:
  5. Schofield DJ, Fletcher SJ. The physiotherapy workforce is ageing, becoming more masculinised, and is working longer hours: A demographic study. Aust J Physiother. 2007; 53: 121–126. PubMed:
  6. McMeeken J, Grant R, Webb G, Krause KL, Garnett R. Australian physiotherapy student intake in increasing and attrition remains lower than the university average: A demographic study. Aust. J. Physiother. 2008; 54: 65–71, 2008. PubMed:
  7. Girbig M, Freiberg A, Deckert S, Druschke D, Kopkow C, et al. Work-related exposures and disorders among physical therapists: experiences and beliefs of professional representatives assessed using a qualitative approach. J Occupat Med Toxicol. 2017; 12. PubMed:
  8. Lee MK, Kim E, Paik IS, Chung J, and S. M. Lee. Relationship between environmental factors and burnout of psychotherapists: Meta-analytic approach. Couns Psychother Res. 2020; 20: 164–172.
  9. Shaheen H, Alarab A, Ahmad MS. Effectiveness of therapeutic ultrasound and kinesio tape in treatment of tennis elbow. J Nov Physiother Rehabil. 2019; 3: 25–33.
  10. Ezzatvar Y, Calatayud J, Andersen LL, Aiguadé R, Benítez J, et al. Professional experience, work setting, work posture and workload influence the risk for musculoskeletal pain among physical therapists: a cross-sectional study. Int. Arch. Occup. Environ. Health.2020; 93: 189–196, 2020. PubMed:
  11. Kotejoshyer R, Punnett L, Dybel G, Buchholz B. Claim Costs, Musculoskeletal Health, and Work Exposure in Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Occupational Therapist Assistants: A Comparison Among Long-Term Care Jobs. Phys Ther. 2018; 99: 183–193.
  12. Anderson SP, Oakman J. Allied Health Professionals and Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Review. Saf. Health Work. 2016; 7; 259–267, 2016. PubMed:
  13. Alnaser MZ. Occupational Therapy Practitioners with Occupational Musculoskeletal Injuries: Prevalence and Risk Factors. J Occup Rehabil. 2015; 25: 763–769. PubMed:
  14. Darby B, Gallo AM, Fields W. Physical attributes of endoscopy nurses related to musculoskeletal problems. Gastroenterol. Nurs.2013; 36: 202–208. PubMed:
  15. Verhagen E, Engbers L. The physical therapist’s role in physical activity promotion. Br J Sports Med. 2009; 43: 99–101. PubMed:
  16. Vankim NA, Nelson TF. Vigorous physical activity, mental health, perceived stress, and socializing among college students. Am J Heal Promot. 2013; 28: 7–15. PubMed:
  17. Tremblay MS, Warburton DE, Janssen I, Paterson DH, Latimer AE, et al. New Canadian physical activity guidelines. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2011; 36: 36-46. PubMed:
  18. Mapes DL, Bragg-Gresham JL, Bommer J, Fukuhara S, McKevitt P, et al. Health-related quality of life in the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS). Am J Kidney Dis. 44: 54-60. PubMed:
  19. Brattig B, Schablon A, Nienhaus A, Peters C. Occupational accident and disease claims, work-related stress and job satisfaction of physiotherapists. J Occup Med Toxicol. 2014; 9: 1–13. PubMed:
  20. Bauman AE. Updating the evidence that physical activity is good for mental health: an epidemiological review 2000-2003. J Sci Med Sport. 2003; 7: 6–19. PubMed:
  21. Amin K, Hafeez S, Hassan D, Zahid S. Physical Activity and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Physiotherapists. 51–55. PubMed:
  22. Acree LS, Longfors J, Fjeldstad AS, Fjeldstad C, Schank B, et al. Physical activity is related to quality of life in older adults. Health and quality of life outcomes. 2006; 4: 37. PubMed:
  23. Guallar-Castillón P, Santa-Olalla Peralta P, Banegas JR, López E. Physical activity and quality of life in older adults in Spain. Med. Clin. (Barc). 2004; 123: 606–610. PubMed:
  24. Viney R, Norman R, King MT, Cronin P, Street DJ, et al. Time trade-off derived EQ-5D weights for Australia. Value in Health. 2011; 14: 928-936. PubMed:
  25. Bíró E, Veres-Balajti I, Kósa K. Social support contributes to resilience among physiotherapy students: A cross sectional survey and focus group study. Physiother. (United Kingdom). 2016; 102: 89–195. PubMed:
  26. Campo MA, Weiser S, Koenig KL. Job Strain in Physical Therapists. Phys Ther. 2009; 89: 946–956. PubMed:
  27. Hughes R. Summary for Policymakers. in Climate Change 2013 - The Physical Science Basis. 53, no. 9, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2008; 1–30.
  28. Glover W, McGregor A, Sullivan C, Hague J. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders affecting members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Physiotherapy. 2005; 91: 138–147. PubMed:
  29. Grooten WJA, Wernstedt P, Campo M. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in female Swedish physical therapists with more than 15 years of job experience: Prevalence and associations with work exposures. Physiother. Theory Pract. 2011; 27: 213–222. PubMed:
  30. Alghadir A, Zafar H, Iqbal ZA. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among dental professionals in Saudi Arabia. J Phys Ther Sci. 2015; 27: 1107–1112. PubMed:
  31. Muaidi QI, Shanb AA. Effects of work demands on physical therapists in the KSA. J Taibah Univ Med Sci. 2016; 11: 56–62.
  32. Brown DW, Balluz LS, Heath GW, Moriarty DG, Ford ES, et al. Associations between recommended levels of physical activity and health-related quality of life Findings from the 2001 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. Preventive medicine. 2003; 37: 520-528. PubMed: