Factors associated with the perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity in liver cirrhosis
Siqueira, Marcela Rodrigues de; Pace, Fábio Heleno de Lima; Limongi, Tuany Mageste; Henrique, Diane Michela Nery; Mira, Pedro Augusto de Carvalho; Oliveira, Túlio Medina Dutra de; Oliveira, Cristino Carneiro; Aguiar, Aline Silva de; Malaguti, Carla
Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras.
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SUMMARY OBJECTIVE: To analyze the sociodemographic and clinical factors associated with the perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity (PA) in subjects with liver cirrhosis. METHODS: This cross-sectional study assessed 102 outpatients with liver cirrhosis regarding the clinical and sociodemographic profile and the perceived benefits and barriers to PA by the Exercise Benefits and Barriers Scale and muscle strength. A Generalized Step-Forward linear regression analysis was used to identify the factors associated. RESULTS: The participants were 59±10 years and 60.8% were men. Around 29.4% had ascites decompensation. Perceived benefits and barriers were associated with the presence of ascites (95%CI −0.079 – 0.03; p=0.06 and 95%CI 0.003 – 0.217; p=0.045, respectively). In the group with ascites, both benefits and barriers were associated with muscle strength. In the group without ascites, benefits were associated with cardiovascular risks and no association was observed with barriers to physical activity. CONCLUSIONS: Perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity are associated with intrinsic factors such as the presence of ascites and cardiovascular risk in individuals with liver cirrhosis. The results of this study highlight key elements that must be considered for increasing physical activity in this population.
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