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Oncologists' opinions towards recommending exercise to patients with cancer: a Canadian national survey.
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PMID:  15809835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
RATIONALE: The goal of this study was to examine oncologists' attitudes towards recommending exercise to patients with cancer during treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Using a national survey, all 659 practicing medical and radiation oncologists in Canada were sent a brief questionnaire. RESULTS: The response rate was 46% (281/610). The majority of oncologists agreed that exercise was beneficial (62.0%), important (55.8%) and safe (63.1%) for patients with cancer during treatment. Forty-three percent of oncologists reported that they tried to recommend exercise to their patients when appropriate. Moreover, oncologists actually reported recommending exercise to 28% of their patients during the past month. Analyses also indicated significant differences between oncologists, with younger, female, and medical oncologists generally having more favorable attitudes towards exercise for patients with cancer than their older, male, and radiation oncology counterparts. CONCLUSIONS: Oncologists have a favorable attitude toward recommending exercise to patients with cancer although several important barriers may prevent oncologists from providing exercise advice to their patients. Further research is required evaluating the effectiveness of interventions and strategies designed to improve oncologists' confidence and ability to advise their patients on exercise during oncology consultations.
Lee W Jones; Kerry S Courneya; Carolyn Peddle; John R Mackey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2005-09-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0941-4355     ISO Abbreviation:  Support Care Cancer     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-20     Completed Date:  2006-02-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9302957     Medline TA:  Support Care Cancer     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  929-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Exercise Therapy*
Health Care Surveys
Medical Oncology / statistics & numerical data*
Middle Aged
Neoplasms / therapy*
Physician's Practice Patterns / statistics & numerical data*

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