Western Journal of Nursing Research
Physical activity benefits the health and well-being of breast cancer survivors (BCS). Yet, many African American survivors do not routinely exercise and have increased risk of poor outcomes. The purpose of this mixed-method study was to identify motivational factors compelling African American BCS to participate in a 14-week team walking program and to intend to continue exercise after the intervention concluded. Focus groups were held with participants (n = 12) before and after training. Content analysis discovered themes before the intervention: Not wanting to go at it alone, exercise not a life or treatment priority, cancer treatment affected activity, advocates to exercise, and can exercise really help? Four themes postintervention themes included: In the same boat, changed mind-set, improved weight and activity, and overcoming barriers. Physical data verified improvements. Results suggest that a team-based exercise training program may assist in overcoming a sedentary behavior tendency and subsequently improve health among survivors.
Piacentine, Linda B.; Robinson, Karen Marie; Waltke, Leslie J.; Tjoe, Judy A.; and Ng, Alexander V., "Promoting Team-Based Exercise Among African American Breast Cancer Survivors" (2018). College of Nursing Faculty Research and Publications. 597.
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Accepted version. Western Journal of Nursing Research, Vol. 40, No. 12 (December 1, 2018): 1885-1902. DOI. © 2018 SAGE Publications. Used with permission.