Physical activity participation and barriers for people with multiple myeloma

Craike, Melinda, Hose, Kaye and Livingston, Patricia M. 2013, Physical activity participation and barriers for people with multiple myeloma, Supportive care in cancer, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 927-934.

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Title Physical activity participation and barriers for people with multiple myeloma
Author(s) Craike, Melinda
Hose, Kaye
Livingston, Patricia M.ORCID iD for Livingston, Patricia M.
Journal name Supportive care in cancer
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 927
End page 934
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Secaucus, N.J.
Publication date 2013-04
ISSN 0941-4355
Keyword(s) Multiple myeloma
Physical activity
Summary Purpose

This study aims to examine, for people treated for multiple myeloma, (1) differences between prediagnosis and postdiagnosis levels of physical activity, (2) perceived barriers and likelihood of attending a physical activity program, and (3) factors that influence whether or not respondents are meeting physical activity guidelines.

This was a quantitative cross-sectional study; data were gathered from a larger Australian population-wide survey. Respondents completed the survey in hard copy, online, or over the telephone. Demographic and clinical variables included age, gender, locality, time since diagnosis, and marital status. The Godin Leisure-Time Questionnaire measured physical activity; barriers and likelihood of participating in a physical activity program were assessed using a five-point Likert scale. Data were analyzed using descriptive, bivariate, and multivariate analyses.

Of the 229 respondents, 53.1 % were male, 42 % aged 60–69 years, and 75.7 % were married or in a de facto relationship. Participation in physical activity declined significantly from prediagnosis levels. Fatigue, injuries, and pain were the strongest perceived barriers to participation; 41 % reported they were likely to attend an exercise program if offered. Respondents who were sufficiently active before diagnosis were 4.79 times more likely to be sufficiently active posttreatment.

People with multiple myeloma reported very low levels of physical activity across all levels of intensity; however, they were interested in attending a physical activity program. To increase physical activity among people with multiple myeloma, interventions should target perceived barriers with a particular focus on those who were not physically active prior to diagnosis.
Notes Published online 2nd October 2012
Language eng
Field of Research 111004 Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Australia
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