Correlates of Positive Health Behaviors in Cancer Survivors: Results from the 2010 LIVESTRONG Survey

  title={Correlates of Positive Health Behaviors in Cancer Survivors: Results from the 2010 LIVESTRONG Survey},
  author={Carissa A. Low and Ellen Ingalls Beckjord and Dana H Bovbjerg and Mary Amanda Dew and Donna M. Posluszny and John E. Schmidt and Amy E. Lowery and Stephanie A Nutt and Sarah R. Arvey and Ruth Rechis},
  journal={Journal of Psychosocial Oncology},
  pages={678 - 695}
Positive health-promoting behaviors, including lifestyle factors (e.g., physical activity) and appropriate health service utilization (e.g., screening for secondary cancers), can minimize the health risks and challenges facing cancer survivors. The goal of this article is to examine factors associated with positive health behaviors in 2,615 posttreatment cancer survivors who completed the 2010 LIVESTRONG survey. Multivariate logistic regression was used to model odds of reporting each of six… 
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