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Experience of barriers and motivations for physical activities and exercise during treatment of pediatric patients with cancer.
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PMID:  24753116     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Due to growing evidence about the value of exercise in pediatric cancer patients, the purpose of this study was to determine factors that influence participation in physical activities and exercise in children and adolescents during treatment.
PROCEDURE: This cross-sectional qualitative study included 40 pediatric cancer patients during intensive treatment. Patients were recruited at the Department for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital of Muenster where a supervised exercise program has been implemented for hospital stays. The qualitative approach included semi-structured guideline interviews, transcription and coding based on grounded theory. Four major topics were discussed in the interviews: (1) values and beliefs, (2) barriers to exercise, (3) motivations to exercise, and (4) encouragement from parents and physicians.
RESULTS: Patients reported mainly positive attitudes toward physical activities during treatment and the local exercise program was desired and valued as essential for engaging in exercise during in-patient stays. Identified barriers included physical, psychological, and organizational aspects. Motivational aspects were based on improvements in physical fitness and mental well-being. Parents' behavior related to physical activities of their children differed between being supportive, inhibiting, and inert. Few patients received information about exercise during treatment by their physicians.
CONCLUSIONS: Interventions that aim at maintaining physical activities during treatment and eliminating exercise barriers are required due to the patients' positive attitudes and multiple motivations toward exercise. These interventions need to be supervised and should include health-counseling programs for patients, parents, and physicians to underline the importance of physical activities in childhood cancer patients. Pediatr Blood Cancer © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Miriam Götte; Sabine Kesting; Corinna Winter; Dieter Rosenbaum; Joachim Boos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric blood & cancer     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1545-5017     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Blood Cancer     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-4-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101186624     Medline TA:  Pediatr Blood Cancer     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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