Preferences, Barriers and Facilitators to Exercise and Physical Activity in Cancer Survivors of African, Caribbean, and Black descent in Nova Scotia
Exercise and PA among Canadian ACB cancer survivors have not been studied. This study used a mixed-methods design (two-phase) to investigate the knowledge, preferences, barriers, and limitations to exercise and PA among ACB cancer survivors in Canada. Eighteen Canadian adult ACB survivors completed an online survey and eight ACB survivors from Nova Scotia were interviewed. The online survey found PA levels were not significantly related to QoL and ACB survivors did not show a preference to exercise types. An overarching theme of ‘No one Told Me’ emerged from the interviews, reflecting the limitations and barriers that contributed to four themes: (1) The Journey, (2) What’s There for Me?, (3) One Step at a Time and (4) See ME. The results from this study suggest that ACB cancer survivors are aware of the benefits of exercise and PA and want to feel welcomed and invited spaces that encourage exercise and PA.