Contributions of a Group-Based Exercise Program for Coping with Fibromyalgia: A Qualitative Study Giving Voice to Female Patients

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Title: Contributions of a Group-Based Exercise Program for Coping with Fibromyalgia: A Qualitative Study Giving Voice to Female Patients
Authors: Beltrán Carrillo, Vicente J. | Tortosa-Martínez, Juan | Jennings, George | Sánchez, Elena S.
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte (GICAFD)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas
Keywords: Physical activity | Women | Chronic pain | Health | Quality of life | Spain
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva
Issue Date: 12-Aug-2013
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Women & Health. 2013, 53(6): 612-629. doi:10.1080/03630242.2013.819399
Abstract: Numerous quantitative studies have illustrated the potential usefulness of exercise programs for women with fibromyalgia. However, a deeper understanding of the physical and especially psychosocial benefits of exercise therapy from the subjective perspective of this population is still needed. This study was conducted with 25 women who had fibromyalgia and were participating in a nine-month, group-based exercise program. The aim was to provide an in-depth description and analysis of the perceived physical and psychosocial benefits of participation. Qualitative data were collected through observation, interviews, and focus groups. The exercise program not only alleviated the physical symptoms of fibromyalgia, but social interactions within the group helped to counteract the isolation, frustration, and depression often associated with this chronic condition. The data from this study may contribute to a deeper understanding of the benefits of exercise for women with fibromyalgia and might be useful for the improvement of future exercise programs for this population.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/38936
ISSN: 0363-0242 (Print) | 1541-0331 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2013.819399
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2013.819399
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