Background: Physical activity (PA) improves cancer-related symptoms (e.g., fatigue, sleep) in cancer survivors, although there is low adherence due to barriers. Cancer survivors are interested in participating in PA but healthcare providers feel they have inadequate knowledge in PA and lack guidance to provide PA support.
Purpose: Examine PA advice for cancer survivors and healthcare providers from cancer survivor interviews to understand cancer survivors’ PA and create an algorithm to help healthcare providers assess and provide PA advice to cancer survivors.
Method: Qualitative content analysis of twenty interviews with cancer survivors regarding PA.
Results: Cancer survivors advised health care providers to make PA a standard assessment, educate patient on PA benefits, provide motivation and support, and help them with an exercise plan. Cancer survivors advised other cancer survivors to prioritize PA, stay positive and encouraged, and get social support.
Discussion: An algorithm was created to assess PA and guide health care providers in promoting PA in cancer survivors.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Burd, Kayla, "Cancer Survivors' Physical Activity Advice: A Guide For Assessment and Implementation for Nurses and Healthcare Workers" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1116.