The Perception of Physical Activity in Ambulatory Persons with Late Effects of Polio: A Qualitative Study

Cecilia Winberg, Gunilla Carlsson, Christina Brogårdh, Jan Lexell
2017 Journal of Aging and Physical Activity  
Maintaining regular physical activity (PA) can be challenging for persons with late effects of polio. This qualitative study of ambulatory persons with late effects of polio explored their perceptions of PA, and facilitators of and barriers to PA. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 15 persons and analyzed with content analysis using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as framework. The participants described positive perceptions of PA and its
more » ... ealth benefits. PA was used to prevent further decline in functioning, and the type and frequency of activities had changed over time. Past experiences and personal characteristics impacted on PA. Support from close relatives, knowledgeable health care professionals, mobility devices and accessible environments facilitated PA, whereas impairments, inaccessible environments and cold weather were the main barriers. To perform PA regularly, persons with late effects of polio may benefit from individualized advice based on their disability, personal and environmental factors.
doi:10.1123/japa.2015-0282 pmid:27337739 fatcat:7i4qyozvrfg5zga3cicvjzfa2q