DOI: 10.1101/19004432Aug 11, 2019Paper

Identifying barriers and facilitators to physical activity for people with scleroderma: A nominal group technique study

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Sami HarbS.-P. Patient Advisory Team


Purpose: To identify physical activity barriers and facilitators experienced by people with systemic sclerosis (SSc; scleroderma). Materials and Methods: We conducted nominal group technique sessions with SSc patients who shared barriers to physical activities, barrier-specific facilitators, and general facilitators. Participants rated importance of barriers and likelihood of using facilitators from 0-10, and indicated whether they had tried facilitators. Barriers and facilitators across sessions were subsequently merged to eliminate overlap; edited based on feedback from investigators, patient advisors, and clinicians; and categorized. Results: We conducted nine sessions (n=41 total participants) and initially generated 181 barriers, 457 barrier-specific facilitators, and 20 general facilitators. The number of consolidated barriers (barrier-specific facilitators in parentheses) for each category were: 14 (61) for health and medical; 4 (23) for social and personal; 1 (3) for time, work, and lifestyle; and 1 (4) for environmental. There were 12 consolidated general facilitators. The consolidated items with [≥] 1/3 of participants' ratings [≥] 8 were: 15 barriers, 69 barrier-specific facilitators, and 9 general facilitators...Continue Reading

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