A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the barriers and facilitators to physical activity for women after Gestational Diabetes: A socio-ecological approach.

IOANNOU, Elysa, HUMPHREYS, Helen, HOMER, Catherine and PURVIS, Alison (2023). A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the barriers and facilitators to physical activity for women after Gestational Diabetes: A socio-ecological approach. British Journal of Diabetes, 23 (1).

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Abstract

Physical activity can reduce risk of Type 2 Diabetes after Gestational Diabetes. Understanding barriers and facilitators to physical activity, using a socio-ecological approach, could better direct multi-level interventions. The present review aimed to synthesise barriers and facilitators to physical activity, and develop an understanding of where, across the socio ecological model, these factors exist and/or are interrelated. Eligible studies included women with a history of Gestational Diabetes and a discussion around physical activity. A systematic search of MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, CINAHL Complete, and Scopus was conducted in October 2022. Barriers and facilitators to physical activity were thematically analysed and themes organised according to the socio-ecological model. Twenty-nine studies were included. Barriers pertained to leisure time physical activity, while other modes of activity including housework and transport were overlooked, despite being routine. Partner and familial support were vital for engagement with activity, either due to emotional support, or provision of childcare. Most barriers and facilitators at the social and organisational levels were interrelated with those at the individual level. These findings suggest that multi-level physical activity interventions after Gestational Diabetes could be most effective.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.15277/bjd.2023.413
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2023 10:37
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2023 15:02
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31985

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