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Table 1 Questionnaire distributed to participants

From: A World Allergy Organization international survey on physical activity as a treatment option for asthma and allergies

1. About you      
1.1. Age, years      
1.2. Gender, female/male      
1.3. Country      
1.4. Your clinic practice is mainly in a… Central Hospital Outpatient clinic    
1.5. For how many years have you been an allergist? Less than 5 5 to 10 More than 10   
1.6. In your practice do you manly see Children Adults Both   
1.7. How many of them have asthma?      
2. Knowledge about existence of evidence of beneficial effects of physical activity      
2.1. Improves the strength of bones and muscles Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.2. Improves psychological well-being Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.3. Helps in weight control Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.4. Reduces death from ischemic heart disease Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.5. Reduces the risk of hypertension Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.6. Reduces premature death Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.7. Reduces blood pressure in known hypertensive Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.8. Reduces the risk of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.9. Reduces the risk of breast cancer Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.10. Reduces asthma risk Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.11. Improves asthma control Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.12. Reduces allergic rhinitis incidence Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
2.13. Improves allergic rhinitis control Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Do not know  
3. Attitudes toward promoting physical activity      
3.1. Promoting physical activity is important in health care Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
3.2. Advice to increase physical activity is more effective when linked to an individual’s presenting problem Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
3.3. I can be effective in promoting health Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
3.4. I can be effective in persuading some patients to increase physical activity Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
3.5. I have sufficient knowledge to advise patients about physical activity Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
3.6. Any amount of physical activity is beneficial to health Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
3.7. Only vigorous/strenuous activity is beneficial to health Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
3.8. I try to encourage as many patients as possible to increase their physical activity Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
3.9. I only discuss physical activity if the patient mentions it Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
4. Attitudes and beliefs toward promoting physical activity as part of disease management      
4.1. With a typical asthmatic patient, how often do you actually talk about exercise? Never or rarely Sometimes Usually or always   
4.2. How relevant do you think talking to asthmatic patients about exercise will be in your intended practice? Not at all Somewhat Highly   
4.3. How much training have you had on talking to asthmatic patients about exercise? None Some Extensive   
4.4. Doctors need more training in preventive care Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
4.5. I will be able to provide more credible and effective counseling if I eat a healthy diet Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
4.6. I will be able to provide more credible and effective counseling if I exercise and stay fit Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
4.7. I will be able to provide more credible and effective counseling if I maintain a healthy weight Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
  1. It is our hope that the results of this survey facilitates collaboration and education among the different allergy centres. Please check all answers that apply.
  2. The objective of this is to survey the knowledge, attitudes and self-reported practice of allergists towards promoting regular physical activity as part of non-pharmacological treatment to asthma and allergic conditions.