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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29455

Title: The impact of a community based chronic illness exercise program on health: Client perspectives
Authors: Abdel-Razek, Waleed
Avey, Jennifer
Foote, Stacy
Hypes, Courtney
Plested, Samantha
Advisor: Gruber, Rebecca
Goldstein Elman, Jan
Yoshida, Karen
Department: Physical Therapy
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Purpose: This study examined client perspectives of chronic illness (CI) impact on health, the impact of a community based physical therapist (PT) led exercise program on health, as well as participants experiences with aspects of the program that facilitated or hindered expectations of participation in the program. Methods: A qualitative descriptive study using face-to-face semi-structured interviews was performed. Participants were nine individuals with CI who were former or current clients of a community based PT-led exercise program. Manual thematic analysis was used. Results: The impact of CI on health was cited in physical, psychological and social health changes. Participants expectations of the program primarily surrounded physical health improvement or maintenance. The skill of the PTs, exercise structure, as well as group atmosphere were seen as aspects that facilitated clients expectations of participation in the program. Common barriers included issues surrounding program design (ie: space/group size) as well as access (transportation/cost). Nevertheless, most participants indicated that the program had a meaningful positive impact on their overall health. Conclusion: PT-led programs in the community can achieve important client perceived improvements in multiple domains of health and this study proffers credible methods by which to formulate/modify similar programs in the future.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: One Step Ahead Mobility (R. Gruber, J. Goldman Elman), University of Toronto (K. Yoshida)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29455
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