Objective: To explore the views and experiences of adult patients with bronchiectasis towards exercise. Methods: Semi-structured interviews with ten patients with bronchiectasis were conducted to explore perceptions of exercise, potential barriers and facilitators of exercise. Inductive thematic analysis was used to identify key themes. Findings: Five main themes: 1. The language of exercise 2. Facilitators to exercise 3. Barriers to exercise 4. Exercise has a positive impact on health and life expectancy 5. Grief regarding loss of ability Discussion: Participants perceived exercise as positive, but there was variance regarding what this entailed. Findings suggest healthcare professionals should consider the language used when prescribing exercise and provide clarity for patients and reflect on their own role in advising on exercise. There were both common and differing barriers and facilitators to exercise between participants. Holistic needs and the identification of these potential barriers and facilitators to exercise could aid compliance. Further research is needed to explore generalisability and the effectiveness of behaviour change models to improve engagement with exercise.
- Respiratory Research Centre