Breast cancer survivors’ preferences for technology-supported exercise interventions

Siobhan M. Phillips, David E. Conroy, Sarah Kozey Keadle, Christine A. Pellegrini, Gillian R. Lloyd, Frank J. Penedo, Bonnie Spring

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore breast cancer survivors’ interest in and preferences for technology-supported exercise interventions. Methods: Post-treatment survivors [n = 279; Mage = 60.7 (SD = 9.7)] completed a battery of online questionnaires in August 2015. Descriptive statistics were calculated for all data. Logistic regression analyses were conducted to examine relationships between survivors’ interest in a technology-supported exercise interventions and demographic, disease, and behavioral factors. These same factors were examined in relation to perceived effectiveness of such interventions using multiple regression analyses. Results: About half (53.4%) of survivors self-reported meeting public health recommendations for physical activity. Fewer than half reported using an exercise or diet mobile app (41.2%) or owning an activity tracker (40.5%). The majority were interested in receiving remotely delivered exercise counseling (84.6%), participating in a remotely delivered exercise intervention (79.5%), and using an exercise app or website (68%). Survivors reported that the most helpful technology-supported intervention components would be an activity tracker (89.5%), personalized feedback (81.2%), and feedback on how exercise is influencing mood, fatigue, etc. (73.6%). Components rated as least helpful were social networking integration (31.2%), group competitions (33.9%), and ability to see others’ progress (35.1%). Conclusions: Preferences for technology-supported exercise interventions varied among breast cancer survivors. Nonetheless, data indicate that technology-supported interventions may be feasible and acceptable. Engaging stakeholders may be important in developing and testing potential intervention components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3243-3252
Number of pages10
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume25
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology

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    Phillips, S. M., Conroy, D. E., Keadle, S. K., Pellegrini, C. A., Lloyd, G. R., Penedo, F. J., & Spring, B. (2017). Breast cancer survivors’ preferences for technology-supported exercise interventions. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25(10), 3243-3252. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-017-3735-3