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Translation research: 'Back on Track', A multi professional rehabilitation service for cancer related fatigue

Gracey, Jackie, Dunwoody, Lynn and Payne, Cathy (2014) Translation research: 'Back on Track', A multi professional rehabilitation service for cancer related fatigue. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care . pp. 1-3. [Journal article]

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URL: http://spcare.bmj.com/content/early/2014/12/22/bmjspcare-2014-000692.full.pdf+html

DOI: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000692


Objectives To assess the effectiveness and acceptability of an individually tailored rehabilitation intervention for patients with cancer-related fatigue (CRF).Methods Eighteen individuals, (16 female, two male, aged 40–83 years), who self-reported CRF (above four on a 10-point Likert scale) took part in an 8 week physical activity intervention weekly review and optional gym-based support. Fifteen participants had a primary diagnosis of breast cancer and along with the other participants had multiple myeloma, colorectal or prostate cancer. All participants took part in a goal-orientedwalking and muscle strengthening programme with dietary advice and psychological support based on the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of behaviour change. Effectiveness was assessed by physical and psychological outcomes. Focus groups with participants and individual interviews with the professionals delivering the intervention explored the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention.Results Statistically significant improvements were seen in the primary outcome of fatigue andon the secondary outcomes of physical function, depression and in triceps skin fold thicknessreduction. Participants endorsed the intervention as being highly acceptable, holistic and as important as medical treatments for cancer. The importance of team working was highlighted as key to service delivery and success.Conclusions A multidisciplinary home-based tailored intervention with optional weekly gymattendance is acceptable to people with CRF, improving physical and psychosocial outcomes. Study limitations and suggestions for further research are discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:rehabilitation, cancer related fatigue, physical activity
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:31473
Deposited By: Dr Lynn Dunwoody
Deposited On:12 May 2015 08:25
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:18

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