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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
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.
Cancer;physical activity;sedentary lifestyle;beliefs;stereotypes
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