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Organ Transplant Recipients’ Experiences of Physical Activity: Health, Self-Care, and Transliminality

Wiltshire, Gareth; Clarke, Nicola J.; Phoenix, Cassandra; Bescoby, Carl

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Authors

Gareth Wiltshire

Nicola J. Clarke

Carl Bescoby



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.

Citation

Wiltshire, G., Clarke, N. J., Phoenix, C., & Bescoby, C. (2020). Organ Transplant Recipients’ Experiences of Physical Activity: Health, Self-Care, and Transliminality. Qualitative Health Research, 31(2), 385-398. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732320967915

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 30, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Nov 5, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2021
Journal Qualitative Health Research
Print ISSN 1049-7323
Electronic ISSN 1552-7557
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 2
Pages 385-398
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732320967915

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