Factors perceived to influence exercise adherence in women with breast cancer participating in an exercise programme during adjuvant chemotherapy: a focus group study

Husebø, Anne Marie Lunde, Karlsen, Bjørg, Allan, Helen T., Søreide, Jon Arne and Bru, Edvin (2015) Factors perceived to influence exercise adherence in women with breast cancer participating in an exercise programme during adjuvant chemotherapy: a focus group study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24 (3-4). pp. 500-510. ISSN 0962-1067

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Abstract

Aims and objectives. To explore factors influencing exercise adherence among women with breast cancer while following an exercise programme.
Background. Earlier research shows that women with breast cancer decrease physical activity following the cancer diagnosis and that adhering to exercise interventions can be a challenge. Research is needed to identify motivational factors and barriers for exercise adherence among women during treatment for
breast cancer.
Design. This was a qualitative study to explore patient’s perceptions of the challenges to exercise adherence during a randomised, controlled trial.
Methods. Twenty-seven women with early-stage breast cancer were purposively sampled for focus group interviews during 2011–2012 from their participation in the exercise intervention group during 2010–2012. Five focus groups were performed,
and data analysis was completed using the systematic text condensation method.
Results. During the focus group study, five main themes were identified, which described factors participants perceived to influence their adherence to exercise during chemotherapy: ‘side effects of breast cancer treatment as a barrier to exercise’, ‘restoring and maintaining normality in daily life motivates exercise’, ‘other valued activities compete with exercise’, ‘constructive support enhances exercise’ and ‘positive beliefs about efficacy and outcomes motivate exercise’.
Conclusion. Adherence to exercise in women with breast cancer is challenged by internal and external conditions and may be improved by attention to the impact of treatment side effects and by supporting patient self-efficacy towards changing
health behaviour.
Relevance to clinical practice. Nurses should be aware that exercise adherence could be a challenge among women with breast cancer. They should help identify obstacles to exercise for women and ways to overcome them, as well as support them in their beliefs that they are capable of changing their health behaviour

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 3 JUN 2014
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 14726
Notes on copyright: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Husebø, A. M. L., Karlsen, B., Allan, H., Søreide, J. A. and Bru, E. (2015), Factors perceived to influence exercise adherence in women with breast cancer participating in an exercise programme during adjuvant chemotherapy: a focus group study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24: 500–510. , which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12633. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Depositing User: Helen Allan
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 15:00
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 09:45
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14726

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