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Moving to wellness: a pilot study examining a nurse-driven exercise program in acutely ill patients with cancer.
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PMID:  22641328     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Preventing patients with cancer from falling is a particularly important strategy for avoiding serious patient harm. Patients with cancer often fall as a result of overestimating their abilities as they adapt to the onset of fatigue and diminished functional status or muscle strength. That deconditioning can develop quickly with immobilization or prolonged recumbency. The effect of regularly supervised exercise programs led by nurses on maintaining muscle strength, thus preventing falls and reducing pressure ulcers, was examined in this feasibility study. Patients' muscle strength was assessed through the development and use of the Moving to Wellness Assessment Tool before implementing the Moving to Wellness Exercise Program. Of the 16 study participants, 81% maintained or improved their muscle strength compared to their original score. This pilot study was a unique opportunity to engage patients in a nurse-driven program to support minimal deconditioning of patients with cancer during acute illness.
Teresa Money McLaughlin; Emma Rondares Wittstein; Teresa H White; Cindy A Czaplinski; Sally O'Toole Gerard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical journal of oncology nursing     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1538-067X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin J Oncol Nurs     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9705336     Medline TA:  Clin J Oncol Nurs     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E105-10     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Oncology, St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport.
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