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Too Sick Not to Exercise: Using a 6-Week, Home-Based Exercise Intervention for Cancer-Related Fatigue Self-management for Postsurgical Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients.
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PMID:  23051872     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND:: Two prevalent unmet supportive care needs reported by the non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) population include the need to manage fatigue and attain adequate exercise to meet the physical demands of daily living. Yet, there are no guidelines for routine rehabilitative support to address fatigue and exercise for persons with NSCLC during the critical transition from hospital to home after thoracotomy. OBJECTIVE:: The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, safety, and changes in study end points of a home-based exercise intervention to enhance perceived self-efficacy for cancer-related fatigue (CRF) self-management for persons after thoracotomy for NSCLC transitioning from hospital to home. INTERVENTIONS/METHODS:: Guided by the principles of the Transitional Care Model and the Theory of Symptom Self-management, a single-arm design composed of 7 participants with early-stage NSCLC performed light-intensity walking and balance exercises in a virtual reality environment with the Nintendo Wii Fit Plus. Exercise started the first week after hospitalization for thoracotomy and continued for 6 weeks. RESULTS:: The intervention positively impacted end points such as CRF severity; perceived self-efficacy for fatigue self-management, walking, and balance; CRF self-management behaviors (walking and balance exercises); and functional performance (number of steps taken per day). CONCLUSIONS:: A home-based, light-intensity exercise intervention for patients after thoracotomy for NSCLC is feasible, safe, well tolerated, and highly acceptable showing positive changes in CRF self-management. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:: Beginning evidence suggests that a light-intensity in-home walking and balance intervention after hospitalization for thoracotomy for NSCLC is a potentially effective rehabilitative CRF self-management intervention. Next steps include testing of this health-promoting self-management intervention in a larger-scale randomized controlled trial.
Amy J Hoffman; Ruth Ann Brintnall; Jean K Brown; Alexander von Eye; Lee W Jones; Gordon Alderink; Debbie Ritz-Holland; Mark Enter; Lawrence H Patzelt; Glenn M Vanotteren
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cancer nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1538-9804     ISO Abbreviation:  Cancer Nurs     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805358     Medline TA:  Cancer Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Author Affiliations: College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing (Dr Hoffman); Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Dr Brintnall); School of Nursing, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (Dr Brown); Psychology Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing (Dr von Eye); Duke Center for Cancer Survivorship Department of Radiation Oncology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina (Dr Jones); Frederik Meijer Honors College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Dr Alderink); Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Ms Ritz-Holland and Mr Enter); and Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing (Drs Patzelt and VanOtteren).
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