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Revista Cubana de Enfermería

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HERNANDEZ SANCHEZ, Jacqueline  and  FORERO BULLA, Clara María. Conceptions and perceptions on health, quality of life and physical activity in an academic health unit. Rev Cubana Enfermer [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.2, pp.159-170. ISSN 0864-0319.

Introduction: Behaviors related to health are measured between other features by the subject's conceptions and perceptions. Objective: To identify the conceptions and perceptions related with health, the quality of life, human body movement (HBM), physical activity (FA) and its determinant factors in the academic community of the Health Faculty- Industry University of Santander. Methods: A qualitative study was conducted including focal groups and semi-structural interviews with the participations of students of all levels and professors of the Faculty and its selection was by suitability. Data analysis was made during research, using the Ethnograph v5.08 Program with a pre-categorization and categorization from three axes: to feel, to be and to want to be; interpretation was by means of theoretical triangulation. Results: The systematization allows location of two key categories: first, leads to a speech where practice is not consolidated. The second one, account for expectations of an integral training, where it is necessary a contextualization of AF, consolidated in a interdisciplinary proposal allowing the conceptualization and integration of an active lifestyle. Conclusions: It was established that the conceptions and perceptions are related to a learning achieved in academy and/or as part of the experiences of participants, who are conscious of the significance of the AF for health, to recognizing a lack of actions, product of personal and institutional factors; but at the same time are pro-positives.

Keywords : Conceptions; perceptions; physical activity; health quality of life.

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