ciTechCare has another article published, this time in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, entitled “What Motivates Patients with COPD to Be Physically Active? A Cross-sectional Study”, developed under the project onTRACK (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028446).
Motivation can be defined as ‘what moves people to act’, and low levels of motivation can lead to low levels of physical activity. This study aimed to explore the motives that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) value for being physically active, and its relationship to participation in Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes (an intervention with evidence in improving patients’ health), their clinical characteristics and current physical activity levels.
The results show that people with COPD mostly value health and fitness motives, and that people with fewer symptoms more frequently identify psychological and health-related factors. These findings highlight the need for an individual approach to understand the motives for being physically active, representing a promising tool for a truly personalised intervention strategy.