Physical activity among Navajo cancer survivors: A qualitative study

Jennifer W. Bea, Hendrik de Heer, Luis Valdez, Brian Kinslow, Etta Yazzie, Mark C. Lee, Pearl Nez, Shelby Dalgai, Anna Schwartz

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Abstract

Physical activity (PA) may improve quality of life and survival among cancer survivors; however, little is known about Navajo cancer survivor PA. We evaluated Navajo cancer survivor PA habits, barriers, and preferences through focus groups and interviews (n = 32). Transcripts were coded in NVivo and major themes summarized by consensus. Survivor exercise guidelines were largely unknown, but movement, resilience and life balance were valued. Most participants reported at ≥1 mode of current PA (n = 24; 71% walking, 46% work/homesteading). Barriers to PA included treatment side effects, limited access to programs, fear of "over doing it," and family/friends encouraging rest. Preferences for PA varied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-73
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Survivors
cancer
Exercise
Neoplasms
resilience
habits
Qualitative Study
Cancer
Physical Activity
Focus Groups
quality of life
Walking
Habits
Fear
Consensus
anxiety
Quality of Life
Guidelines
Interviews
interview

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  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Physical activity among Navajo cancer survivors : A qualitative study. / Bea, Jennifer W.; de Heer, Hendrik; Valdez, Luis; Kinslow, Brian; Yazzie, Etta; Lee, Mark C.; Nez, Pearl; Dalgai, Shelby; Schwartz, Anna.

In: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, Vol. 25, No. 2, 01.01.2018, p. 54-73.

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Bea, JW, de Heer, H, Valdez, L, Kinslow, B, Yazzie, E, Lee, MC, Nez, P, Dalgai, S & Schwartz, A 2018, 'Physical activity among Navajo cancer survivors: A qualitative study', American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 54-73. https://doi.org/10.5820/aian.2502.2018.54
Bea, Jennifer W. ; de Heer, Hendrik ; Valdez, Luis ; Kinslow, Brian ; Yazzie, Etta ; Lee, Mark C. ; Nez, Pearl ; Dalgai, Shelby ; Schwartz, Anna. / Physical activity among Navajo cancer survivors : A qualitative study. In: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. 2018 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 54-73.
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