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Organ transplant recipients’ experiences of physical activity: health, self-care, and transliminality

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posted on 13.11.2020, 10:09 by Gareth WiltshireGareth Wiltshire, Nicola J Clarke, Cassandra Phoenix, Carl Bescoby
Physical activity (PA) is an important lifestyle component of long-term health management for organ transplant recipients, yet little is known about recipients’ experiences of PA. The purpose of this study was to shed light on this experience and to investigate the possible implications of PA in the context of what is a complex patient journey. Phenomenological analysis was used to examine interviews with 13 organ transplant recipients who had taken part in sporting opportunities posttransplantation. Findings illuminate how participants’ experiences of PA were commonly shaped by the transliminal nature of being an organ transplant recipient as well as a sense of duty to enact health, self-care, and donor-directed gratitude. This analysis underlines the potential role of PA in supporting organ transplant recipients’ attempts to live well following transplantation and makes novel connections between PA and our existing knowledge about challenges related to identity, survivorship, obligation, and patient empowerment.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Qualitative Health Research

Volume

31

Issue

2

Pages

385-398

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

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

Publication date

2020-10-30

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1049-7323

eISSN

1552-7557

Language

en

Depositor

Mr Gareth Wiltshire. Deposit date: 12 November 2020