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The Role of Leisure in Promoting Physical Activity Among Rural Dwelling Adults Living with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

January 26, 2018  •  10am-12pm EST  • Join online or attend in-person (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

Training Description
Drs. Crowe, Crawford and Sprod completed an explanatory mixed methods study for the purpose of improving physical health and quality of life among rural dwelling adults (N=14) who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). As part of the study, the researchers provided participants: (a) education specific to their health condition; and (b) a 12-week individualized plan for engaging in safe, enjoyable physical activity. Quantitative data collected during the study included a pre/post quality of life measure, a pre/post six-minute walk test; medical history and demographics. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted before and after the implementation of the 12-week individualized activity plan; physical activity logs were maintained by participants over the course of the 12-weeks. The purpose of this session is to present study findings and implications. More specifically, researchers will facilitate a discussion with session attendees specific to: (a) the perceived supports and barriers that influence rural dwelling individuals with ICDs’ participation in physical activity; and (b) ways in which healthcare professionals providing services to rural dwelling individuals with an ICD can improve the content and delivery of patient education and individualized patient care.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe describe two barriers of participation in physical activity encountered by rural dwelling individuals with an ICD
  • Provide two examples of how individualized education and leisure activity plans can facilitate participation in physical activity among rural dwelling individuals who have an ICD
  • Identify three strategies for improving the content and delivery of education provided to rural dwelling individuals with an ICD, specific to (a) health condition; and (b) participation in physical activity and leisure