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Title: The meaning of exercise and physical activity in community dwelling people with multiple sclerosis
Authors: Stennett, A
Norris, M
De Souza, L
Keywords: multiple sclerosis;physical activity;priorities;coping;qualitative
Issue Date: 20-Aug-2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Stennett, A., Norris, M. and De Souza, L. (2018) 'The meaning of exercise and physical activity in community dwelling people with multiple sclerosis', Disability and Rehabilitation, 42 (3), pp. 317-323. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1497715.
Abstract: Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). 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
Appears in Collections:Dept of Health Sciences Research Papers

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