Factors associated with exercise counseling and program preferences among breast cancer survivors

Laura Q. Rogers, Kerry S. Courneya, Steven Verhulst, Stephen J. Markwell, Edward McAuley

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Objective: Our aim was to assess differences in exercise counseling preferences, program, preferences, and telephone/Internet access among breast cancer survivors based on exercise behavior and demographic, medical, social cognitive, and environmental factors. Methods: A self-administered survey was returned by 192 breast cancer survivors. Results: Participants were Caucasian (98%), and the mean age was 64 ± 11.5 years. Participants preferring an exercise specialist were more likely to report current treatment, higher self-efficacy, greater perceived barriers, and a residential environment conducive to physical activity. Participants preferring face-to-face counseling and exercising outdoors were younger, and those preferring to exercise alone and at home reported lower social support. Low-intensity exercise was preferred by participants who were sedentary, obese, less self-efficacious, enjoyed exercise less, perceived greater barriers, and reported lower social support. Participants with Internet access were more apt to be younger with higher income and greater social support. Conclusions: Demographic, medical, social cognitive, and environmental factors might influence exercise preferences and Internet access. Future research assessing the effectiveness of tailoring interventions based on these factors is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688-705
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Health education
  • Oncology
  • Physical activity
  • Prevention
  • Survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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