Jennifer R. Tomasone

Jennifer R. Tomasone
Queen's University | QueensU · School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

BPHE, BSc, MSc, PhD

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Additional affiliations
July 2015 - July 2021
Queen's University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2014 - present
University of Toronto
Position
  • Sessional Instructor
Description
  • Course instructor for KPE42H01 Adapted Physical Activity
September 2014 - present
McMaster University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
September 2010 - June 2014
McMaster University
Field of study
  • Exercise Psychology
May 2007 - August 2008
Queen's University
Field of study
  • Anatomical Sciences
September 2003 - April 2007
Queen's University
Field of study
  • Life Sciences

Publications

Publications (114)
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One in five Canadians have a disability and there are well-documented gaps in care for this equity-deserving group that have roots in medical education. In this paper, we highlight the unintended consequences of ableist messaging for persons living with disabilities, particularly in the context of promoting healthy movement behaviours. With its bro...
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Several “calls to action” have imposed upon medical schools to include physical activity content in their overextended curricula. These efforts have often neither considered medical education stakeholders’ views nor the full complexity of medical education, such as competency-based learning and educational inflation. With this external pressure for...
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BACKGROUND The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines (24HMG) for Adults provide specific recommendations for levels of physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep (i.e., the movement behaviours) required for optimal health. Performance of the movement behaviours is associated with improved mental wellbeing. However, most post-secondary student...
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Background Physical activity guidelines for adults with disability, chronic conditions, and pregnancy (i.e., specific populations) have been developed to provide guidance for engaging in physical activity. However, specific populations remain considerably less physically active compared to the general population, presenting a knowledge-practice gap...
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BACKGROUND Health care providers have reported low knowledge, skill, and confidence for discussing movement behaviours (i.e., physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep), which may be improved with the use of tools to guide movement behaviour discussions in their practice. Past reviews have examined the psychometric properties, scoring, and...
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Purpose: To (1) describe the state of the literature on water-based therapeutic exercise (WBTE) for people living with stroke, (2) describe the content and structure of interventions, (3) summarize the effects of interventions described in the literature, and (4) identify gaps in the literature limiting application and implementation. Materials a...
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Community-based exercise programs for persons with disabilities promote greater quantity of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) participation among their members, perhaps because of the quality experiences fostered by the program. This study aimed to explore the relationship between quality and quantity of physical activity participation in the c...
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Introduction Selon certaines études récentes, les bienfaits de l’activité physique pour la santé diffèrent selon que l’activité est pratiquée le matin, l’après-midi ou le soir. Le but de cette revue systématique était de déterminer s’il existe un lien entre, d’une part, le moment choisi pour faire de l’activité physique sur 24 heures et, d’autre pa...
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Introduction L’objectif de cette étude était d’effectuer une revue systématique des relations entre, d’une part, l’horaire des comportements sédentaires et l’accès à des activités sédentaires dans la chambre et, d’autre part, la durée et la qualité du sommeil chez les enfants et les adolescents. Un objectif secondaire consistait à vérifier si ces r...
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Background Recent studies report that the health benefits of physical activity differ depending on whether the activity is performed in the morning, afternoon or evening. The purpose of this systematic review was to examine whether the timing of physical activity within the 24-hour day is associated with health. Methods Five databases were searche...
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Introduction To continue to inform sleep health guidelines and the development of evidence-based healthy sleep interventions for children and adolescents, it is important to better understand the associations between sleep timing (bedtime, wake-up time, midpoint of sleep) and various health indicators. The objective of this systematic review was to...
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Introduction Pour continuer à éclairer les lignes directrices sur la santé concernant le sommeil ainsi qu’à favoriser l’élaboration d’interventions fondées sur des données probantes en faveur d’un sommeil sain chez les enfants et les adolescents, il est important de mieux comprendre les associations entre l’horaire de sommeil (heure du coucher, heu...
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Background The purpose of this study was to systematically review the relationship between the timing of sedentary behaviours and access to sedentary activities in the bedroom with sleep duration and quality in children and youth. A secondary purpose was to examine whether these relationships differ when comparing screen-based and non-screen-based...
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Background The majority of breast cancer survivors do not engage in sufficient levels of exercise. Community-based exercise programs (CBEP) may mitigate low rates of exercise participation; however, few programs exist. Previous research exploring the determinants of CBEP implementation for cancer survivors is limited in that it has predominantly fo...
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Objective: Quality participation, defined as satisfying and enjoyable involvement, is one of the most valued life outcomes for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To broaden understandings of quality participation, our review explored participation experiences of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Me...
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Many Canadian adults are failing to meet national recommendations for physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep (i.e., movement behaviors). Existing messaging strategies focus on thresholds, which may be unrealistic to the target audience. This article explores the utility of a novel messaging approach - generic messages - as a gateway to en...
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Background Identifying cancer-specific physical activity programs and post-secondary courses targeting students in academic settings (i.e., “real world” opportunities) may promote physical activity behaviors among cancer survivors. Using knowledge synthesis methods such as systematic scoping study methods may facilitate knowledge tool development a...
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Increasingly, sport and exercise psychology researchers are using systematic review methods to examine the evidence on a particular topic. Unfortunately, not all systematic reviews are created equal and the methodological quality of the review will depend on the quality of the methods used in the review process. The purpose of this paper is to prov...
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Effective physical activity messaging plays an important role in the pathway towards changing physical activity behaviour at a population level. The Physical Activity Messaging Framework (PAMF) and Checklist (PAMC) are outputs from a recent modified Delphi study. This sought consensus from an international expert panel on how to aid the creation an...
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Objectives Health and exercise professionals (HEPs) are ideal promoters and valued messengers of physical activity (PA) information among persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). However, little is known about what strategies used by HEPs increase PA behavior in persons with SCI, or what factors influence HEPs when promoting PA to persons with SCI. T...
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Background: Peer-based exercise interventions that cultivate new opportunities for support with a fellow cancer survivor may result in increased exercise volume. It is not clear whether adding qualified exercise professional (QEP) support to peer-based interventions improves health outcomes. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to determine whe...
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Introduction Physical activity messaging is an important step in the pathway towards improving population physical activity levels, but best practice is not yet understood. A gap in the literature exists for a physical activity messaging framework to help guide creation and evaluation of messages. This study aimed to further develop and improve, an...
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Objective To describe the characteristics of exercise programs for cancer survivors conducted outside of a research laboratory (i.e., home-based, or community-based settings). Data sources A systematic search of published literature was conducted using Medline, Pubmed, CINAHL, PsychINFO, SPORTdiscus, and Embase from 1980 to January 2021. Where con...
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The Exercise is Medicine® Canada on Campus (EIMC-OC) program aims to integrate exercise prescription into healthcare and encourage students to implement physical activity initiatives on campus. However, multi-site interventions like EIMC-OC are often challenged with communicating and sharing strategies across geographically dispersed groups. The EI...
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Background: Physical activity (PA) messages have demonstrated success in targeting parent support for PA. However, little research exists to inform the development and dissemination of optimally effective PA messages targeting parents. A synthesis of existing literature is necessary to inform message development and dissemination strategies. Uniqu...
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Background Health behaviors such as physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, smoking tobacco, and alcohol use are leading risk factors for noncommunicable chronic diseases and play a central role in limiting health and life satisfaction. To date, however, health behaviors tend to be considered separately from one another, resulting in guidelines and...
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Introduction New Canadian 24-Hour movement guidelines for adults recommend several hours of light physical activity each day, 150 minutes/week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) including muscle strengthening activities at least twice a week, no more than 8 hours of sedentary time and 3 hours of recreational screen time each day, and...
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Introduction Selon les nouvelles Directives canadiennes en matière de mouvement sur 24 heures à l’intention des adultes, les adultes devraient pratiquer plusieurs heures d’activité physique légère chaque jour, faire 150 minutes d’activité physique d’intensité moyenne à élevée (APIME) par semaine, dont des activités de renforcement musculaire au moi...
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Background Globally, 1 in 3 adults live with multiple chronic conditions. Thus, effective interventions are needed to prevent and manage these chronic conditions and to reduce the associated health care costs. Teaching effective self-management practices to people with chronic diseases is one strategy to address the burden of chronic conditions. Wi...
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Problem: Primary care providers are recognized as important advocates for physical activity (PA); yet, clinical PA discussions remain infrequent. Educational approaches promoting the uptake of strategies that are proven to increase patient PA levels are effective for improving primary care providers' social cognitions and behavior for discussing PA...
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Decision support aids help reduce decision conflict and are reported as acceptable by patients. Currently, an aid from the American College of Sports Medicine exists to help oncology care providers advise, assess, and refer patients to physical activity (PA). However, some limitations include the lack of specific resources and programs for referral...
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The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology assembled a Consensus Panel representing national organizations, content experts, methodologists, stakeholders, and end-users and followed an established guideline development procedure to create the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults aged 18-64 years and Adults aged 65 years or older: An In...
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BACKGROUND Health behaviors such as physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, smoking tobacco, and alcohol use are leading risk factors for noncommunicable chronic diseases and play a central role in limiting health and life satisfaction. To date, however, health behaviors tend to be considered separately from one another, resulting in guidelines and...
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The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults aged 18–64 years and Adults aged 65 years and older (“Guidelines”) integrate recommendations for physical activity, sedentary, and sleep behaviours. Given the novelty of these integrated Guidelines, it was important to consider messaging strategies that would be most effective in reaching Canadian...
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Strategies for dissemination (purposive distribution of a guideline to specific audiences) and implementation (actions to support the general public in meeting guideline recommendations/behavioural benchmarks) of national movement guidelines (physical activity (PA), sedentary behaviour, and sleep) have yet to be synthesized. The purpose of this sys...
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Establishing a step-by-step process that provides practitioners with a blueprint for translating movement guidelines into action stands to optimize the investment in guideline development, improve guideline promotion and uptake, and ultimately enhance population health. The purpose of this paper is to describe how the Knowledge-to-Action framework...
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There are gaps in current guidance concerning how to conduct overviews of systematic reviews in an outcome-centric manner. Herein we summarize the methods and lessons learned from conducting 4 outcome-centric overviews to help inform the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults aged 18–64 years and Adults aged 65 years or older on the topics...
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Background Medical students are at risk of poor mental health and burnout compared to general population age- and education-matched peers, which has future implications for patient care. Research has suggested that demographic factors can predict mental illness and burnout among medical students. However, less is known about predictors of mental he...
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Background: Children and youth who meet the physical activity, sedentary, and sleep behaviour recommendations in the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines are more likely to have desirable physical and psychosocial health outcomes. Yet, few children and youth actually meet the recommendations. The family is a key source of influence that can affect...
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The evaluation of Multisport Service Organization (MSO) initiatives can result in a greater understanding of factors related to their success. The RE-AIM framework is an evidence-informed framework for comprehensive evaluations but has not been employed in MSO contexts. The purpose of this study was to develop a template of operationalized RE-AIM i...
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Background: Health care professionals (HCPs) use clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to make evidence-informed decisions regarding patient care. Although a large number of cancer-related CPGs exist, it is unknown which CPG dissemination and implementation strategies are effective for improving HCP behaviour and patient outcomes in a cancer care co...
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Rates of mental illness among Canadian medical students are higher than age-, gender-, and education-matched peers. One predictor of mental health is physical activity; though the relationship between different intensities of physical activity and mental health has not been investigated in medical students. The purpose of this study was to examine...
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Physical activity (PA) counselling by physicians increases patients’ PA levels and improves health outcomes. Physician PA counselling remains low as a result of several barriers which may differ based on a patient’s stage within the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) or by physician career status (i.e. between residents and established physicians). A con...
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Background Previous research has demonstrated that physical activity (PA) levels are lower for youth with Spina Bifida (SB) than their typically developing peers. However, there is a lack of understanding of the barriers to PA among this population. Objective/Hypothesis Using the Theoretical Domains Framework as a guide, the purpose of this study...
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Background: Dragon boat offers an opportunity to increase physical activity (quantity participation) in breast cancer survivors; however, quality participation experiences have yet to be explored. Quality participation is one’s subjective perceptions and experiences. While there is evidence to suggest dragon boat may offer a quality experience, fur...
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Within community-based exercise programs (CBEPs) for persons with disabilities, research suggests that the quality participation experiences of volunteers support the quality participation experiences of members. Yet, little is known about how quality participation unfolds over time for volunteers and how to foster positive experiences for these in...
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Problem: Although motivational interviewing is an effective patient-centered counseling method that healthcare providers can adopt to promote positive behavior change among patients, motivational interviewing is not routinely taught in medical schools. Intervention: A 3.5-hour motivational interviewing workshop was delivered to second year students...
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Upon discharge from rehabilitation, stroke survivors are encouraged to participate in physical activity (PA) for maintenance of previously achieved goals, continued improvement or recovery, and secondary prevention. However, many stroke survivors are not sufficiently active, and describe the transition to community recreation as challenging. Barrie...
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BACKGROUND Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) have a high risk of experiencing a condition secondary to injury like a pressure sore. Self-management programs may reduce the risk of such complications, but traditional programs have proven to be insufficiently tailored to the needs of people with SCI. To overcome barriers to self-management su...
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Background: Individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) have a high risk of experiencing secondary conditions like pressure injuries. Self-management programs may reduce the risk of such complications, but traditional programs have proven to be insufficiently tailored to the needs of people with SCI. To overcome barriers to self-management support,...
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Quality inclusive physical activity (PA) programmes have demonstrated vast benefits for individuals with (e.g.) and without disabilities. For example, among people with disabilities, PA participation is related to enhanced social inclusion, reduced risk for secondary health conditions, optimised physical functioning, and improved overall well-being...
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Background: Physical activity (PA) remains under prescribed by physicians. Motivation and confidence are clear drivers of frequency of promoting PA. Research shows demographic differences in physicians' preventive practices, yet none have included medical students who form habits during training. Objectives: Study objectives were to (i) examine...
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Background: Health and recreation practitioners play an important role in promoting and supporting leisure time physical activity (LTPA) among persons with physical disabilities (PWPD), yet many practitioners lack training and education to provide the basic knowledge, skills, and resources necessary.1 Little is known about existing LTPA informatio...
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Background: Upon discharge from rehabilitation, stroke survivors are encouraged to participate in physical activity (PA) for maintenance of previously achieved goals, continued improvement or recovery, and secondary prevention. However, many stroke survivors are not sufficiently active, and describe the transition to community recreation as challe...
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Objectives The study had two main objectives: (1) to characterize able-bodied adults’ gaze behaviors when viewing images of people with and without physical disabilities and in turn, (2) to examine whether portraying a person with a disability as physically active (shown participating in physical activity [i.e, sport/exercise]) versus inactive (not...
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Despite the evidence supporting the benefits of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of most medical conditions, physical activity remains under-prescribed by physicians. Medical students will form habits during training that they are likely to maintain as future physicians. The overall purpose of this study was to investigate the unde...
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BACKGROUND Globally, 1 in 3 adults live with multiple chronic conditions. Thus, effective interventions are needed to prevent and manage these chronic conditions and to reduce the associated health care costs. Teaching effective self-management practices to people with chronic diseases is one strategy to address the burden of chronic conditions. Wi...
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Background: Disabled people face a multitude of social barriersto leading a physically active lifestyle. These barriers include a lack of knowledge and understanding from healthcare professionals and exercise practitioners, and negative attitudes from others in sport and exercise settings. Thus, there is a need to explore constructions of physical...
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The Exercise is Medicine Canada on Campus (EIMC-OC) program was established in 2013 to provide opportunities for students to promote physical activity in their campus communities. Currently, 38 EIMC-OC groups are in operation, and each has encountered challenges and enablers that have yet to be formally documented. This project aimed to (1) identif...
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Evidence supporting the benefits of exercise surrounding cancer treatment has led to internationally published guidelines, with minimal uptake by oncology care providers (OCPs). There is a need to understand how to implement research evidence into practice. Our team developed a questionnaire to assess OCPs’ knowledge of exercise guidelines and barr...