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Title: Barriers to translation of physical activity into the lung cancer model of care
Austin Authors: Granger, Catherine L ;Denehy, Linda;Remedios, Louisa;Retica, Sarah;Phongpagdi, Pimsiri;Hart, Nicholas;Parry, Selina M
Affiliation: Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Physiotherapy, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Guy's and St. Thomas' National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and King's College London, National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre, London, United Kingdom
Lane Fox Clinical Respiratory Physiology Research Centre, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
Issue Date: Dec-2016
Publication information: Annals of the American Thoracic Society 2016; 13(12): 2215-2222
Abstract: RATIONALE: Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines recommend physical activity for people with lung cancer, however evidence has not translated into clinical practice and the majority of patients do not meet recommended activity levels. OBJECTIVES: To identify factors (barriers and enablers) that influence clinicians' translation of the physical activity guidelines into practice. METHODS: Qualitative study involving 17 participants (three respiratory physicians, two thoracic surgeons, two oncologists, two nurses, and eight physical therapists) who were recruited using purposive sampling from five hospitals in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Nine semistructured interviews and a focus group were conducted, transcribed verbatim, and independently cross-checked by a second researcher. Thematic analysis was used to analyze data. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Five consistent themes emerged: (1) the clinicians perception of patient-related physical and psychological influences (including symptoms and comorbidities) that impact on patient's ability to perform regular physical activity; (2) the influence of the patient's past physical activity behavior and their perceived relevance and knowledge about physical activity; (3) the clinicians own knowledge and beliefs about physical activity; (4) workplace culture supporting or hindering physical activity; and (5) environmental and structural influences in the healthcare system (included clinicians time, staffing, protocols and services). Clinicians described potential strategies, including: (1) the opportunity for nurse practitioners to act as champions of regular physical activity and triage referrals for physical activity services; (2) opportunistically using the time when patients are in hospital after surgery to discuss physical activity; and (3) for all members of the multidisciplinary team to provide consistent messages to patients about the importance of physical activity. CONCLUSIONS: Key barriers to implementation of the physical activity guidelines in lung cancer are diverse and include both clinician- and healthcare system-related factors. A combined approach to target a number of these factors should be used to inform research, improve clinical services, and develop policies aiming to increase physical activity and improve survivorship outcomes for patients with lung cancer.
DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201607-540OC
Journal: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Exercise
Knowledge translation
Motor activity
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