What Do Breast Cancer Survivors Expect From Exercise?


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Exercise outcome expectations (OEs) (ie, what one expects to obtain or avoid by exercising) are influential to increase exercise among cancer survivors. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to measure the accessibility (ie, frequency one thinks about exercise resulting in an outcome) and importance (ie, one's value of the outcome) of OEs among breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Stage IA to IIB breast cancer survivors who were 1 to 5 years posttreatment completed OE questionnaires. Descriptive statistics were used to examine OE accessibility and importance. RESULTS: The sample (n = 73) was 91.8% white, 5.4% African American, 1.4% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 1.4% other. The mean age was 58 (SD, 9.6) years. Outcome expectation importance mean was 6.1 (SD, 0.4), indicating OEs are overall "important." Accessibility mean was 4.8 (SD, 0.6), demonstrating breast cancer survivors think about exercise OEs "sometimes/50% of the time." There was a moderate (rs = 0.48) relationship between OE importance and accessibility, indicating they are related, yet distinct. CONCLUSIONS: Outcome expectations are generally important to breast cancer survivors. Thus, OEs may motivate increased exercise among this population. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Oncology providers should encourage patients to think about OEs more often to increase exercise. Compared with traditional approaches of informing patients about exercise benefits, this may be a more comprehensive and powerful approach to motivate exercise among breast cancer survivors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hirschey, R; Pan, W; Hockenberry, M; Kimmick, G; Shaw, R; Lipkus, I

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 1

Start / End Page

  • E15 - E19

PubMed ID

  • 30085945

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30085945

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-9804

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000631


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States