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Influences on healthcare practitioners’ promotion of physical activity to their patients with prostate cancer: A qualitative study

Asmita Patel , Grant Schofield , Justin Keogh


Introduction: Physical activity is beneficial for both the physical and psychological health of patients with prostate cancer (PCa). Healthcare practitioners are ideally positioned to promote physical activity to their patients. Aim: The aim of this study was to identify factors that influenced practitioners' to either promote or not promote physical activity to their patients with PCa Methods: Individual interviews were conducted with 16 Auckland-based healthcare practitioners, including specialists (oncologists and urologists), physiotherapists and complementary and alternative (acupuncturists) healthcare practitioners. Data were analysed using an inductive thematic approach. Results: Treatment-related factors (i.e., counteracting side effects of hormone suppression treatment), longer life expectancy and risk factors for other conditions appeared to influence the promotion of physical activity to patients. Time constraints of the consultation and complex medical issues appeared to act as barriers to the promotion of physical activity. Discussion: The findings of this study indicate that a variety of healthcare practitioners groups are providing some degree of physical activity advice to their patients with PCa. Collaborative practice among practitioners to verbally reinforce the benefits of physical activity, coupled with referral to experts in physical activity promotion/rehabilitation (i.e., such as physiotherapists) should be encouraged for best practice care.

HC17036  Accepted 05 December 2017

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