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Perceptions and experiences of high-intensity interval training in kidney transplant recipients: A big HIIT?

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posted on 2023-04-14, 14:06 authored by Roseanne E Billany, Nicolette BishopNicolette Bishop, Clare StevinsonClare Stevinson, Amy Louise Clarke, Alice C. Smith
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is considered a novel and time-efficient method to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, a leading cause of mortality in kidney transplant recipients. However, research in this population is severely limited. The aim of this study was to understand kidney transplant recipients' perceptions and experiences of HIIT and their readiness to participate in HIIT. Individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted in adults with a kidney transplant (n = 13; 53±13 years). Interviews were audiorecorded, transcribed verbatim, and subjected to framework analysis. Overall, participants had a good knowledge of HIIT and were open to participation. Acknowledgment of the superior benefits to cardiovascular, mental, and general health, as well as the lower time commitment, were all motivators for participation. There were some heightened concerns around damaging the kidney and 'knowing your limits. Personalization, physician's approval, and supervision were all important factors in participation. This study provides evidence that HIIT would be, in principle, largely accepted by recipients of a kidney transplant. However, several considerations are also identified in the present study, which would be essential to the success of any future efficacy trial or rehabilitation program.

Funding

British Renal Society/British Kidney Patient Association research grant: ‘Physical activity opinions in kidney patients’ and the Stoneygate Trust ERP2 programme grant 2013-2017

Heart Research UK Translational Research Grant RG2650/15/18

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Nephrology Nursing Journal

Volume

50

Issue

1

Pages

31 - 42

Publisher

American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2023-01-01

ISSN

1526-744X

eISSN

2163-5390

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Clare Stevinson. Deposit date: 13 April 2023

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