ERIC Number: EJ1025774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Using Concept Mapping to Identify Action Steps for Physical Activity Promotion in Cancer Treatment
Fitzpatrick, Sean Joseph; Zizzi, Sam J.
American Journal of Health Education, v45 n1 p20-28 2014
Background: The benefits of exercise during and after cancer treatment represent research areas that have received increased attention throughout the past 2 decades. Numerous benefits have been observed for cancer survivors who are physically active, yet oncologists have been slow to incorporate exercise counseling into practice. Purpose: The objective of this study was to gather input from both researchers and oncologists as to what needs to happen for exercise to become part of standard cancer care once treatment ends. Methods: The concept mapping process was utilized to realize this goal. Results: A total of 37 unique ideas were produced by participants and were grouped into 6 clusters: education, inclusion of exercise professionals, changes within the current oncology environment, research, needed components of exercise programs, and patient focused. Each of these clusters represents an area of concentration where changes are suggested for further promotion of physical activity for cancer survivors. Participants also rated each idea on its importance and feasibility. Discussion and Translation to Health Education Practice: The education cluster included many of the ideas that were rated highly on both of these variables and as such may serve as an ideal starting point for increasing cancer survivors' exercise levels.
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Cancer, Physical Activities, Health Promotion, Exercise, Oncology, Drug Therapy, Patients, Physicians, Health Personnel, Brainstorming, Medical Services
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