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Beliefs about Physical Activity in Sedentary Cancer Patients: an In-depth Interview Study in France

  • Falzon, Charlene (LAMHESS EA6309 Universities of Nice Sophia-Antipolis and Toulon-Var) ;
  • Chalabaev, Aina (Paris West University Nanterre La Defense) ;
  • Schuft, Laura ;
  • Brizzi, Christophe ;
  • Ganga, Marion ;
  • d'Arripe-Longueville, Fabienne
  • Published : 2012.12.31

Abstract

This study was designed to identify beliefs about physical activity in cancer patients. Semi- structured interviews were conducted with 20 patients under treatment, who were invited to identify perceived barriers for not adopting a physically active lifestyle and to express their beliefs about physical activity. Content analyses revealed five main categories of beliefs including four types of barriers: (a) barriers related to the side effects of treatment; (b) barriers related to a lack of perceived physical abilities; (c) barriers related to a lack of interest for physical activity; (d) beliefs about the negative effects of physical activity, and (e) beliefs about the positive effects of physical activity. These findings extend the existing literature by indicating how stereotypes may play a role in explaining sedentary lifestyles in cancer patients.

Keywords

Cancer;physical activity;sedentary lifestyle;beliefs;stereotypes

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