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Understanding Physical Activity Maintenance in Breast Cancer Survivors

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Objectives : To examine predictors of physical activity (PA) 6 months after a randomized controlled trial.

Methods : Breast cancer survivors (N=377) completed assessments at baseline, postintervention, and 6 months after the intervention. Data were collected on demographic, medical, psychosocial, motivational, and behavioral variables at baseline, postintervention, and 6 months.

Results : Survivors meeting PA guidelines at baseline (OR = 5.54, 95 CI = 2.999.82, P < 0.001) and postintervention (OR = 2.92, 95 CI = 1.635.23, P < 0.001) had a greater likelihood of meeting PA guidelines at 6 months follow-up.

Conclusions : Interventions promoting PA maintenance should focus on optimizing PA behavior, psychosocial functioning, and motivation.
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Keywords: adherence; breast cancer; follow-up; physical activity behavior; theory of planned behavior

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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