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Psychosocial Intervention

On-line version ISSN 2173-4712Print version ISSN 1132-0559


SERDA I FERRER, Bernat-Carles; VALLE GOMEZ, Arantza del  and  MARCOS-GRAGERA, Rafael. The adherence to physical exercise in a group of prostate cancer: an integrated model to improve the quality of life. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.1, pp.29-40. ISSN 2173-4712.

This article presents the design and implementation of a model of adherence integrated into an exercise program in men with prostate cancer to get the autonomous practice at home. The study design is qualitative following Grounded Theory principles. The sample of 33 participants and it has been built through an intensive sampling by theoretical representativeness. The analytical procedure corresponds to the Method of Constants Comparisons. The design of simple and flexible program with a modular structure allows the user to adapt the exercise to his health, his symptoms resulting from the disease and his everyday life situation. The figure of professional trainer is essential in the process of achieving the autonomy. Working adherence as a process empowers the participant to maintain the autonomous activity at home. The adherence model integrated to a group exercise program is effective for improving the quality of life of older people affected by prostate cancer.

Keywords : adherence; autonomy; exercise; quality of life; prostate cancer.

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