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Physical activity levels and barriers to exercise in people living with a stoma

Lowe, Bethany; Alsaleh, Eman; Blake, Holly

Authors

Bethany Lowe

Eman Alsaleh



Abstract

Background: Physical activity is important for physical and mental health although people with a stoma commonly experience a reduction in physical activity following their stoma formation.
Aim: To assess whether adults with a stoma achieve the recommended amount of physical activity, and to identify any barriers and facilitators that may influence their participation.
Method: Community-residing adults living with a urostomy, ileostomy and colostomy were recruited from six regional stoma support groups. Participants completed questionnaires assessing their physical activity levels, self-efficacy, perceived barriers and benefits to physical activity, depression, body image and stoma-related quality of life.
Results: 94 adults completed the questionnaire (81% response rate). 84% of participants did not achieve government recommended levels of physical activity. Less active participants perceived greater barriers to physical activity, and had lower self-efficacy for exercise than those who were more active. Reported physical activity was not associated with body image, depression or stomarelated quality of life.
Conclusion: Most of the community-residing adults living with a stoma in our sample were physically inactive. Interventions that reduce barriers to exercise, and build self-efficacy in people with a stoma may help to increase their physical activity levels and reduce risks of chronic disease associated with sedentary lifestyles.

Citation

Lowe, B., Alsaleh, E., & Blake, H. (in press). Physical activity levels and barriers to exercise in people living with a stoma. Nursing Standard,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 9, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 10, 2018
Print ISSN 0029-6570
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1157141

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