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Role of exercise for cancer rehabilitation in UK hospitals: a survey of oncology nurses.
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PMID:  15698387     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A growing body of evidence indicates the potential benefits of exercise for cancer patients but little is known about exercise promotion within cancer services. A postal survey of oncology nurses in UK hospitals was conducted to ascertain the extent to which exercise has a role in cancer care. The survey design was based on the Total Design Method leading to a completed sample of 221 (62% response rate). Nineteen hospitals (9%) offered some kind of exercise programme or class for patients. In a further 17 (8%), there were other opportunities for exercise available (e.g. an exercise bicycle for inpatients). Sixty-five per cent of nurses were in favour of the notion of providing a specific exercise rehabilitation service for patients. Scarce resources and lack of awareness and expertise were identified as common barriers to establishing such a service. Fifty-eight per cent of nurses were unaware of, or unfamiliar with the published research on exercise for cancer rehabilitation and 33% reported receiving no training relating to exercise and health. The survey results indicate that some hospitals include exercise in the services offered to patients and that the majority of nurses favour adopting exercise as a rehabilitation intervention. However in general, the use of exercise within cancer care in the UK is currently rare.
C Stevinson; K R Fox
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cancer care     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0961-5423     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cancer Care (Engl)     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-02-08     Completed Date:  2005-06-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301979     Medline TA:  Eur J Cancer Care (Engl)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  63-9     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Bristol, Centre for Sport, Exercise & Health, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TP, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Delivery of Health Care
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Great Britain
Neoplasms / nursing,  rehabilitation*
Nursing Staff, Hospital / education,  psychology
Patient Education as Topic / methods

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