An exploratory study of the factors that influence physical activity for prostate cancer survivors

Craike, Melinda J., Livingston, Patricia M. and Botti, Mari 2011, An exploratory study of the factors that influence physical activity for prostate cancer survivors, Supportive care in cancer, vol. 19, pp. 1019-1028.

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Title An exploratory study of the factors that influence physical activity for prostate cancer survivors
Author(s) Craike, Melinda J.
Livingston, Patricia M.
Botti, Mari
Journal name Supportive care in cancer
Volume number 19
Start page 1019
End page 1028
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0941-4355
1433-7339
Keyword(s) cancer
physical activity
prostate cancer
quality of life
Summary Purpose To gain an understanding of the factors that influence participation in physical activity for survivors of prostate cancer and to examine changes in participation in physical activity pre- and post-diagnosis.
Methods Eighteen men who had completed treatment for prostate cancer 6 months prior were interviewed for this study. Constant comparison was used to examine the main themes arising from the interviews.
Results Barriers to physical activity tended not to be related to the physical side effects of treatment, however lack of confidence following treatment, co-morbidities, older age physical decline and lack of time were barriers. Motivations for physical activity included psychological benefits, physical benefits, and the context of the activity. Participants did not recall receiving information about physical activity from clinicians and few were referred to exercise specialists. Physical activity 6 months post-treatment was similar to physical activity levels prior to diagnosis, although there was some decline in terms of the intensity of participation.
Conclusions Interventions to increase physical activity for this group will need to take into account co-morbidities and decline associated with older age, as well as treatment side effects and psychological issues associated with a cancer diagnosis. Encouragement from health care professionals
and referral to an exercise specialist is likely to give men more confidence to participate in physical activity.
Notes Published online: 10 July 2010
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Springer-Verlag
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