Background: Physical activity is associated with improved quality of life in women during breast cancer treatment. However, how physical activity behaviour of patients changes in the first months after the start of the treatment and what role nursing counselling can play has not yet been sufficiently investigated. Aim: To observe differences in physical activity behaviour in women with breast cancer at the time of the initiation of the therapy and six months later, and to explore patients' and health professionals' perspective on a nursing counselling intervention on physical activity. Methods: A mixed-methods evaluation was conducted. In the quantitative part, the physical activity behaviour was assessed at two time points (t0 and t1) with the SQUASH instrument (30-2Wendel-Vos, 2003). In the qualitative part, one focus group interview was conducted with patients and health professionals separately. The quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive and inductive statistics. The qualitative data were analyzed thematically. Results: The sample (N = 47) showed a slight, but not significant increase in the extent of physical activity comparing t1 with t0. A statistically significant increase in the amount of exercise between t0 and t1 was only found in the category "work"(p = 0,002). The central theme of the women was that they felt encouraged by the nursing counselling intervention to "do something for themselves". For the health professionals, in the context of counselling it was important that they themselves were convinced of the importance of physical activity. Conclusions: The integration of physical activity into everyday life is a challenge for women with breast cancer during therapy. A counselling intervention is perceived as supportive but could have a more lasting effect through a longer-term physical activity programme.
|Translated title of the contribution||Promoting physical activity in women during breast cancer therapy: A mixed methods evaluation of a nursing counselling intervention|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2022|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nursing (all)