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Cooper KM, Bilbrew D, Dubbert PM, Kerr K, Kirchner K. Health barriers to walking for exercise in elderly primary care. Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.). 2001 Sep 1; 22(5):258-62.
Health status is acknowledged by nursing theory as a factor in the probability of health behavior changes. Yet few studies have addressed the health-related barriers encountered by chronically ill elderly patients in primary care clinics who are trying to increase their physical activity. This study used self- and interviewer-administered instruments to assess potential barriers to physical activity in a sample of 60- to 80-year-old patients entering a walking program. Pain, fatigue, and mobility and sensory impairments were prevalent and could be significant barriers to participation. The authors present specific suggestions for helping patients overcome these barriers.