Improving the delivery of physical activity services in lung cancer: A qualitative representation of the patient's perspective
AuthorGranger, CL; Parry, SM; Edbrooke, L; Abo, S; Leggett, N; Dwyer, M; Denehy, L
Source TitleEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
University of Melbourne Author/sGranger, Catherine; Denehy, Linda; Edbrooke, Lara; Parry, Selina; Abo, Shaza-Sandra
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsGranger, C. L., Parry, S. M., Edbrooke, L., Abo, S., Leggett, N., Dwyer, M. & Denehy, L. (2019). Improving the delivery of physical activity services in lung cancer: A qualitative representation of the patient's perspective. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE, 28 (1), https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12946.
Access StatusOpen Access
OBJECTIVE: To explore patient experiences of, and preferences for, physical activity after a lung cancer diagnosis. METHODS: This was a qualitative study involving seven patients who had been treated for lung cancer within the previous 2 years. Participants attended a focus group interview. Conventional content analysis methodology was used to analyse the text by two independent researchers. RESULTS: Eight major themes emerged from the data. These were as follows: the influence of past lifestyle and chronic disease; the perceived benefits of physical activity; using physical activity to facilitate return to activities of daily living; the impact of symptoms, capacity and motivation; family and peer support; access to services; health professionals; and enjoyment of different types of physical activity. Patients suggested several factors that could improve their healthcare experience. These include access to exercise professionals particularly after cancer treatment; access to information about physical activity in different formats; supervision from health professionals and peer support; and use of behaviour change strategies to achieve sustainable increases in physical activity. CONCLUSION: Our results should be considered in the improvement of lung cancer care pathways as we strive to implement physical activity services into routine clinical care.
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