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Preoperative therapeutic programme for elderly patients scheduled for elective abdominal oncological surgery: a randomized controlled pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20530651     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Investigation of the feasibility and preliminary effect of a short-term intensive preoperative exercise programme for elderly patients scheduled for elective abdominal oncological surgery. DESIGN: Single-blind randomized controlled pilot study. SETTING: Ordinary hospital in the Netherlands. SUBJECTS: Forty-two elderly patients (>60 years). INTERVENTIONS: Patients were randomly assigned to receive a short-term intensive therapeutic exercise programme to improve muscle strength, aerobic capacity, and functional activities, given in the outpatient department (intervention group; n =22), or home-based exercise advice (control group; n=20). MAIN MEASURES: Parameters of feasibility, preoperative functional capacity and postoperative course. RESULTS: The intensive training programme was feasible, with a high compliance and no adverse events. Respiratory muscle endurance increased in the preoperative period from 259 +/- 273 to 404 +/- 349 J in the intervention group and differed significantly from that in the control group (350 +/- 299 to 305 +/- 323 J; P<0.01). Timed-Up-and-Go, chair rise time, LASA Physical Activity Questionnaire, Physical Work Capacity and Quality of Life (EORTC-C30) did not reveal significant differences between the two groups. There was no significant difference in postoperative complications and length of hospital stay between the two groups. CONCLUSION: The intensive therapeutic exercise programme was feasible and improved the respiratory function of patients due to undergo elective abdominal surgery compared with home-based exercise advice.
J J Dronkers; H Lamberts; I M M D Reutelingsperger; R H Naber; C M Dronkers-Landman; A Veldman; N L U van Meeteren
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2010-06-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical rehabilitation     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1477-0873     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Rehabil     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-29     Completed Date:  2010-09-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802181     Medline TA:  Clin Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  614-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Gelderse Vallei Hospital, Department of Physiotherapy, PO Box 9025, 6710 HN Ede, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Neoplasms / complications,  surgery*
Exercise Therapy*
Middle Aged
Physical Fitness
Pilot Projects
Postoperative Complications / etiology,  physiopathology,  prevention & control*
Preoperative Care / methods*,  rehabilitation
Single-Blind Method
Surgical Procedures, Elective*

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