The use of storytelling intervention for the promotion of physical activity in chronically ill patients; An integrative review

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To develop an understanding of what a storytelling intervention entails, its main effects and how this causes the promotion of physical activity in chronically ill patients.
An integrative review was undertaken in three stages; a) search b) appraisal c) synthesis. Studies were included if they represented participants with a chronic illness and used a storytelling approach for the intervention as well as including physical activity as a component of the intervention.
Fourteen articles were identified that included a total of 818 participants (191 male, 348 female, 279 unknown). No articles were identified as flawed and all were included in the synthesis. Four themes were identified: (1) ideal processes within interventions, (2) psychosocial factors which influenced storytelling, (3) perceived outcomes relating to storytelling. And (4) the perceived benefits of physical activity.
This review develops a deeper understanding of the required processes, associated factors and outcomes of storytelling interventions for people with chronic illness. It provides evidence of how storytelling can be used to promote physical activity. Further research into storytelling interventions is required.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Feb 2020