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Attitudes, challenges and needs about diet and physical activity in endometrial cancer survivors: a qualitative study.

Koutoukidis, DA; Beeken, RJ; Lopes, S; Knobf, MT; Lanceley, A; (2016) Attitudes, challenges and needs about diet and physical activity in endometrial cancer survivors: a qualitative study. European Journal of Cancer Care 10.1111/ecc.12531. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

With rates of endometrial cancer survival increasing, there is growing interest about lifestyle behaviours that could improve quality of life and reduce the risk for chronic diseases. This study aimed to explore the attitudes, challenges and needs of endometrial cancer survivors regarding diet and physical activity. Sixteen UK-based endometrial cancer survivors participated in two focus groups (n = 5, n = 3) or individual telephone interviews (n = 8), using a semi-structured interview guide. Data were collectively analysed by two researchers until consensus was reached on a coding structure. Data analysis proceeded until themes were identified. Participants were within 5 years post-cancer treatment with median age and BMI of 57 years and 25.8 kg m(-2) respectively. Three themes were identified: (1) defining a healthy lifestyle, (2) factors influencing diet and physical activity and (3) needing to search for information. Results suggest interventions should incorporate recommendations on managing late-treatment effects, and behaviour change techniques for cognitive, practical and social barriers to healthy lifestyle changes. Healthcare professionals are in a vital position to provide or introduce endometrial cancer survivors to in-person behaviour change interventions at the early post-treatment period.

Type: Article
Title: Attitudes, challenges and needs about diet and physical activity in endometrial cancer survivors: a qualitative study.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12531
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12531
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Koutoukidis, DA; Beeken, RJ; Lopes, S; Knobf, MT; Lanceley, A; (2016) Attitudes, challenges and needs about diet and physical activity in endometrial cancer survivors: a qualitative study. European Journal of Cancer Care 10.1111/ecc.12531, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12531. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Diet, endometrial cancer, healthy lifestyle, physical activity, qualitative, survivorship
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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
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 > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health > Womens Cancer
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1502759
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