Meeting physical activity guidelines in rural breast cancer survivors

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  • Objectives: To examine the contribution of social cognitive constructs to meeting physical activity (PA) recommendations in rural breast cancer survivors (BCS). Methods: Rural BCS (N = 483) completed a mailbased survey. PA, fatigue, barriers and exercise self-efficacy, environment, social support, and perceived barriers to PA were assessed. PA was dichotomized into either meeting guidelines (150+minutes/week) or not. Results: Our model fit the data well with less fatigue, greater efficacy, and lower barriers being associated with PA (χ2=804.532(418), p < .001, CFI=.948, RMSEA=.044, SRMR=.046). Conclusions: Fatigue, self-efficacy, and perceived barriers are key targets for future interventions designed to increase PA in rural BCS. Enhancing self-efficacy and overcoming barriers will require strategies unique and relevant to BCS living in rural settings.
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  • Olson EA; Mullen SP; Rogers LQ; Courneya KS; Verhulst S; McAuley E
  • Start Page

  • 890
  • End Page

  • 899
  • Volume

  • 38
  • Issue

  • 6