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Cancer specialist nurses' perspectives of physical activity promotion and the potential role of physical activity apps in cancer care

Roberts, AL; Potts, HWW; Stevens, C; Lally, P; Smith, L; Fisher, A; (2019) Cancer specialist nurses' perspectives of physical activity promotion and the potential role of physical activity apps in cancer care. Journal of Cancer Survivorship 10.1007/s11764-019-00801-w. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to understand breast, prostate and colorectal cancer clinical nurse specialists' (CNSs) perspectives on physical activity (PA) promotion and the role of smartphone apps to support PA promotion in cancer care. // METHODS: CNSs working in breast, prostate or colorectal cancer were recruited via advertisements distributed by professional organizations. In-depth semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted and analysed using thematic analysis. // RESULTS: Nineteen CNSs participated. The analysis resulted in 4 themes regarding CNSs' perspectives of PA promotion within cancer care: (i) policy changes in survivorship care have influenced CNSs' promotion of PA; (ii) CNSs recognize their role in supporting PA but sit within a wider system necessary for effective PA promotion; (iii) CNSs use several techniques to promote PA within their consultations; (iv) remaining challenges in PA promotion. The analysis resulted in 3 themes regarding CNSs' perspectives on the use of apps to promote PA within cancer care: (i) the influence of apps on access to PA support; (ii) the role of apps in self-directed PA; (iii) implementing apps in cancer care. // CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study provide valuable insight into the CNS role and provide a number of important considerations for the development and implementation of PA interventions within cancer care, with a specific focus on smartphone-based interventions. // IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: CNSs play an important role in PA promotion in cancer care and this research can inform the development of PA interventions delivered via smartphone app for people affected by cancer.

Type: Article
Title: Cancer specialist nurses' perspectives of physical activity promotion and the potential role of physical activity apps in cancer care
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11764-019-00801-w
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11764-019-00801-w
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Cancer survivorship, Intervention, Nurse, Oncology, Physical activity, Smartphone app
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics > CHIME
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081369
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