Perceived barriers to physical activity for colorectal cancer survivors

Lynch, Brigid M., Owen, Neville, Hawkes, Anna L. and Aitken, Joanne F. (2010) Perceived barriers to physical activity for colorectal cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 18 6: 729-734. doi:10.1007/s00520-009-0705-4

Author Lynch, Brigid M.
Owen, Neville
Hawkes, Anna L.
Aitken, Joanne F.
Title Perceived barriers to physical activity for colorectal cancer survivors
Journal name Supportive Care in Cancer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0941-4355
Publication date 2010-06-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00520-009-0705-4
Volume 18
Issue 6
Start page 729
End page 734
Total pages 6
Editor Fred Ashbury
H.-J. Senn
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Springer International
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose Promoting physical activity among cancer survivors is a high priority. Understanding barriers to physical activity provides an evidence base to inform relevant strategies for doing so.

Methods Telephone interviews were conducted with colorectal cancer survivors at 5 (n = 538) and 12 months post-diagnosis (n = 403). We used an ecological model of health behaviour to classify participants’ perceived barriers to physical activity into four sub-categories: physical environment, social environment, personal attributes, and disease-specific barriers.

Results Disease-specific barriers were perceived as the greatest challenge to colorectal cancer survivors being more physically active, closely followed by personal attributes. The physical environment presented the least salient perceived barriers; however, the physical environment was most closely associated with achieving sufficient levels of physical activity at 5 months post-diagnosis. The difficulties most frequently reported by participants at both time points were belief that they were already active enough, not feeling well enough to be physically active, and experiencing fatigue.

Conclusions These findings suggest potential points for intervention to influence physical activity among colorectal cancer survivors.
© Springer-Verlag 2009
Keyword Colorectal neoplasms
Physical activity
Health behaviour
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 28 July 2009.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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