Understanding the Life, Pain, and Barriers to Physical Activity in Korean Patients with Panic Disorder: Photovoice Inquiry

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jul 31;18(15):8140. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18158140.


Purpose: This study attempted to understand the life, pain, and barriers to physical activity in the daily life of patients with panic disorder (PD). It aimed to provide specific evidence to promote physical activity for patients, suggesting that suitable physical activity strategies for patients with PD would be of value.

Methods: Seven patients were invited to participate in a photovoice study. Photovoice is one example of participatory action research.

Results: This study inductively identified two main themes: the life and pain of patients with PD and perceived barriers to participate in physical activity by patients with panic disorder.

Conclusion: Based on a specific understanding of the population, this study attempted to provide evidence why patients with panic disorder need appropriate physical-activity-promoting strategies.

Keywords: life and pain; patients with panic disorder; photovoice; physical activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Pain
  • Panic Disorder*
  • Republic of Korea