Mexican-american and Puerto Rican breast cancer survivors' perspectives on exercise: Similarities and differences

Rose A. Treviño, Liliana Vallejo, Daniel C. Hughes, Velda Gonzalez, Maribel Tirado-Gomez, Karen Basen-Engquist

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Abstract

Qualitative data was collected from Mexican-American (MA) and Puerto Rican (PR) breast cancer survivors to gain their perspectives on the relevant issues surrounding breast cancer survivorship and exercise. Six focus groups, a total of 31 participants were convened (three in Puerto Rico and three in Texas). Responses were analyzed and compared between the MA and PR groups. Follow-up sessions were conducted at the sites to review the initial results and to validate a culturally adapted exercise intervention trial. A total of 900 responses were catalogued into 27 codes. Both groups had similar descriptions of exercise and barriers to exercise. Both groups expressed lack of information regarding their exercise capabilities. The groups differed in their responses to perceived safety in their community and how to deliver a culturally adapted exercise intervention in their community. We found important cultural differences and similarities in relevant factors of exercise and breast cancer survivorship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1082-1089
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Exercise
  • Hispanic
  • Survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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