Physical Activity Preferences of Ovarian Cancer Survivors

The survey of ovarian cancer survivors was conducted in Alberta Canada and involved 359 participants.  Approximately 51% of the participants responded.  Over half expressed interest in participating in a physical activity program (53.8%).  The most common preferences found for physical activity included home-based programs (48.9%), post-treatment programs (69.5%), and walking programs (62.7%).

women-walkingIn a recent Canada study, the researchers conducted a survey regarding the interests and preferences of ovarian cancer survivors with regard to physical activity participation.  The survey of ovarian cancer survivors was conducted in Alberta Canada and involved 359 participants.  Approximately 51% of the participants responded.  Over half expressed interest in participating in a physical activity program (53.8%).

The most common preferences found for physical activity included home-based programs (48.9%), post-treatment programs (69.5%), and walking programs (62.7%).

The researchers also discovered that there were differences in preferences based on demographic, but not medical, factors.  Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that the majority of ovarian cancer survivors expressed interest in participating in physical activity programs; however, some preferences varied by demographic factors. The researchers also believe that designing physical activity interventions according to these preferences may optimize adherence and outcomes in ovarian cancer survivors.

Primary SourcePhysical activity preferences of ovarian cancer survivors; Stevinson C, Capstick V, Schepansky A. et. al., Psychooncology. 2009 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print].

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