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Prehabilitation versus Rehabilitation: A Randomized Control Trial in Patients Undergoing Colorectal Resection for Cancer.
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PMID:  25076007     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND:: The preoperative period (prehabilitation) may represent a more appropriate time than the postoperative period to implement an intervention. The impact of prehabilitation on recovery of functional exercise capacity was thus studied in patients undergoing colorectal resection for cancer.
METHODS:: A parallel-arm single-blind superiority randomized controlled trial was conducted. Seventy-seven patients were randomized to receive either prehabilitation (n = 38) or rehabilitation (n = 39). Both groups received a home-based intervention of moderate aerobic and resistance exercises, nutritional counseling with protein supplementation, and relaxation exercises initiated either 4 weeks before surgery (prehabilitation) or immediately after surgery (rehabilitation), and continued for 8 weeks after surgery. Patients were managed with an enhanced recovery pathway. Primary outcome was functional exercise capacity measured using the validated 6-min walk test.
RESULTS:: Median duration of prehabilitation was 24.5 days. While awaiting surgery, functional walking capacity increased (≥20 m) in a higher proportion of the prehabilitation group compared with the rehabilitation group (53 vs. 15%, adjusted P = 0.006). Complication rates and duration of hospital stay were similar. The difference between baseline and 8-week 6-min walking test was significantly higher in the prehabilitation compared with the rehabilitation group (+23.7 m [SD, 54.8] vs. -21.8 m [SD, 80.7]; mean difference 45.4 m [95% CI, 13.9 to 77.0]). A higher proportion of the prehabilitation group were also recovered to or above baseline exercise capacity at 8 weeks compared with the rehabilitation group (84 vs. 62%, adjusted P = 0.049).
CONCLUSION:: Meaningful changes in postoperative functional exercise capacity can be achieved with a prehabilitation program.
Chelsia Gillis; Chao Li; Lawrence Lee; Rashami Aswathi; Berson Augustin; Ann Gamsa; A Sender Liberman; Barry Stein; Patrick Charlebois; Liane S Feldman; Francesco Carli
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-7-29
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Title:  Anesthesiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1528-1175     ISO Abbreviation:  Anesthesiology     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
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Created Date:  2014-7-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  1300217     Medline TA:  Anesthesiology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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