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Group vs. individual exercise interventions for women with breast cancer: a meta-analysis.
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PMID:  20607139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Both during and after treatment, cancer survivors experience declines in physical and psychosocial quality of life (QoL). Prior research indicates that exercise interventions alleviate problems in physical functioning and some aspects of psychological functioning. For survivors seeking social support, exercise programs that are conducted in group settings may foster optimal QoL improvement (by addressing additional issues related to isolation, social support) over individually-based exercise programs. METHODS: We reviewed literature on group cohesion in exercise studies, and conducted a meta-analysis to test the hypothesis that group as compared to individual exercise interventions for breast cancer survivors would show greater improvement in QoL. RESULTS: As currently implemented, group exercise interventions showed no advantage. However, they typically did not provide any evidence that they capitalized upon potentially beneficial group processes. CONCLUSIONS: Future exercise intervention studies could investigate the effect on QoL of deliberately using group dynamics processes, such as team building experiences and group goal setting to foster group cohesion.
Anna Floyd; Anne Moyer
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Health psychology review     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1743-7202     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-7-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101299723     Medline TA:  Health Psychol Rev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  22-41     Citation Subset:  -    
Stony Brook University, Psychology, Stony Brook, 11794-2500 United States.
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R01 CA100810-03//NCI NIH HHS

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