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Positive thinking and physical activity motivation for one individual with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative case-study

Case Study

posted by WM Admin on 31 March 2016

In this case study, the author investigated thoughts about physical activity (PA) motivation in one man with multiple sclerosis (MS) (aged 70 years; pseudonym Norman).

The authors asked Norman (a pseudonym)aged 70 years, "... to think aloud while completing standardised measures of PA, stages of change, self-efficacy and in response to planned and spontaneous questions. The data were subjected to inductive thematic analysis and two major themes were formulated: positive thinking as Norman’s way to fight against MS; and goals give a positive purpose to Norman’s engagement in PA.

Theme one consisted of three subthemes: coping with MS by choosing to think positively; using positivity to maintain control; and using PA to think positively. Theme two consisted of two subthemes: viewing PA as a necessity for goal achievement; and goals providing determination. Norman’s case has implications for enhancing future physiotherapy interventions. In particular, addressing positive thinking and purposeful goal setting may help physiotherapists to increase PA motivation in individuals with MS and thereby encourage more regular engagement in PA".

To read this case study in full text, go to:  http://physiotherapy.org.nz/assets/Professional-dev/Journal/2016-March/Case-study.pdf

Hall-McMaster S M, Treharne G J, Smith C M (2016). Positive thinking and physical activity motivation for one individual with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative case-study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 44(1): 26-32.