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Organ transplant recipients’ experiences of physical activity : health, self-care, and transliminality.

Wiltshire, Gareth and Clarke, Nicola J. and Phoenix, Cassandra and Bescoby, Carl (2020) 'Organ transplant recipients’ experiences of physical activity : health, self-care, and transliminality.', Qualitative health research., 31 (2). pp. 385-398.

Abstract

Physical activity (PA) is an important lifestyle component of long-term health management for organ transplant recipients, yet little is known about recipients’ experiences of PA. The purpose of this study was to shed light on this experience and to investigate the possible implications of PA in the context of what is a complex patient journey. Phenomenological analysis was used to examine interviews with 13 organ transplant recipients who had taken part in sporting opportunities posttransplantation. Findings illuminate how participants’ experiences of PA were commonly shaped by the transliminal nature of being an organ transplant recipient as well as a sense of duty to enact health, self-care, and donor-directed gratitude. This analysis underlines the potential role of PA in supporting organ transplant recipients’ attempts to live well following transplantation and makes novel connections between PA and our existing knowledge about challenges related to identity, survivorship, obligation, and patient empowerment.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732320967915
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:05 November 2020
Date of first online publication:30 October 2020
Date first made open access:05 November 2020

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