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Increasing physical activity levels following treatment for cervical cancer: an intervention mapping approach

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posted on 02.06.2021, 10:37 authored by Nessa MilletNessa Millet, Hilary McDermottHilary McDermott, Esther L Moss, Charlotte L Edwardson, Fehmidah MunirFehmidah Munir
Purpose The purpose of this study was to utilise the intervention mapping (IM) protocol as a framework with which to develop an intervention underpinned by relevant behaviour change theory to promote physical activity (PA) following treatment for cervical cancer. Methods The six steps of the IM protocol were followed. A qualitative semi-structured interview study and a rapid review of the literature were conducted along with the development of a logic model of the problem and a logic model of change to inform intervention development. Results An intervention was developed which aims to increase PA levels following treatment for cervical cancer, tailored to address key findings from the IM needs assessment. These include embedding behavioural and social strategies that help participants to overcome perceived barriers to PA participation; goal setting strategies to gradually increase PA levels with a view of reaching relevant PA guidelines for cancer survivors and feedback to encourage self-assessment of well-being and PA capability. Conclusion This study maps the development of a novel PA intervention for those who have been treated for cervical cancer. The use of a systematic development framework was necessary as little insight exists regarding PA preferences after treatment for cervical cancer. Implications for Cancer Survivors PA behaviour is associated with positive physical and psychological health outcomes for cancer survivors. Optimising targeted promotion of PA behaviour following treatment for cervical cancer may result in an enhanced survivorship experience through increased PA behaviour and improved quality of life (QOL).

Funding

Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership

Economic and Social Research Council

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Leicester Hospital’s charity, University Hospitals of Leicester (Q843)

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Cancer Survivorship

Volume

16

Issue

3

Pages

650 - 658

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Springer under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

15/05/2021

Publication date

2021-05-26

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1932-2259

eISSN

1932-2267

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Fehmidah Munir. Deposit date: 1 June 2021