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Title: The meaning of exercise and physical activity in community dwelling people with Multiple Sclerosis
Authors: Stennett, A
Norris, M
Desouza, L
Keywords: Multiple Sclerosis;Physical activity;Priorities;Coping;Qualitative
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Disability and Rehabilitation
Abstract: Purpose This study explored the meanings community dwelling people with Multiple Sclerosis ascribe to exercise and physical activity. Method Using a qualitative approach, 16 face-to-face, semi-structured interviews were conducted. Data were analysed using Framework Analysis and emerging themes developed. Results Five themes were identified: “A Type of Movement”, “The Impact of Exercise and Physical Activity”, “It Changes”, “Sense of Loss” and “Coping with Multiple Sclerosis”. The findings demonstrated that people with multiple sclerosis held a multidimensional and complex view about exercise and physical activity. Conclusion The meanings people with multiple sclerosis ascribe to exercise and physical activity extended beyond movement, reflecting how they lived with a variable neurological condition. Personal and contextual factors were dominant influences.
ISSN: 0963-8288
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