Physical activity among Navajo cancer survivors: A qualitative study

Jennifer W. Bea, Hendrik Dirk de Heer, Luis Valdez, Brian Kinslow, Etta Yazzie, Mark C. Lee, Pearl Nez, Shelby Dalgai, Anna Schwartz

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Abstract

Physical activity (PA) may improve quality of life and survival among cancer survivors; however, little is known about Navajo cancer survivor PA. We evaluated Navajo cancer survivor PA habits, barriers, and preferences through focus groups and interviews (n = 32). Transcripts were coded in NVivo and major themes summarized by consensus. Survivor exercise guidelines were largely unknown, but movement, resilience and life balance were valued. Most participants reported at ≥1 mode of current PA (n = 24; 71% walking, 46% work/homesteading). Barriers to PA included treatment side effects, limited access to programs, fear of "over doing it," and family/friends encouraging rest. Preferences for PA varied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-73
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Bea, J. W., de Heer, H. D., Valdez, L., Kinslow, B., Yazzie, E., Lee, M. C., Nez, P., Dalgai, S., & Schwartz, A. (2018). Physical activity among Navajo cancer survivors: A qualitative study. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 25(2), 54-73. https://doi.org/10.5820/aian.2502.2018.54