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Table 1 Characteristics of the qualitative studies

From: The experience of physical activity and the transition to retirement: a systematic review and integrative synthesis of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Author Location Aim Sample Design Analysis
Arkenford 2006 [27] UK, community setting To get a better understanding of facilitators of and barriers to sports participation in the recently retired 21 groups of 6-8 participants each, men and women aged 50-75 Focus groups Thematic analysis
Beck et al. 2010 [28] UK, community setting To explore changes in PA behaviour in retirement using the perspective of self-determination theory 7 women and 4 men aged 57-65 In-depth interviews Thematic analysis
Scanlon-Mogel & Roberto 2004 [29] USA, members of a fitness centre To explore life transitions and trajectories that encourage or hinder PA in older adults using a life course perspective 6 women and 9 men aged 65-75 In-depth interviews Qualitative inquiry method (as defined by authors)
Strobl et al 2008 [30] Germany, members of a fitness centre To explore the role of PA in coping with the challenges of the transition to retirement 4 women and 6 men aged 59-69 In-depth interviews Content analysis
Witcher 2007 [31] Fogo Island, Canada, community setting To explore older adults’ perceptions of recreational PA across their life course 5 women and 5 men aged 70-94 In-depth interviews Inductive analysis
  1. PA: physical activity.