Integrating physical activity into cancer care
ISPAH ePoster Library. Björkqvist J. Oct 16, 2018; 225543; 544
Ms. Josefine Björkqvist
Ms. Josefine Björkqvist
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Abstract IntroductionPeople living with cancer (PLWC) experience long-lasting adverse effects of their disease and treatment. Physical activity has been shown to be safe and clinically effective for PLWC. Despite this evidence physical activity is still not prescribed as part of routine cancer care. Macmillan Cancer Support, Sport Aberdeen and NHS Grampian entered a partnership to deliver the 12-week community-based physical activity programme Move More Aberdeen (MMA) for PLWC.MethodsMMA delivery started in January 2015 with 12-week community-based physical activity groups of moderate-intensity and high-intensity. The cancer and physical activity standard evaluation framework (CaPASEF) was used to measure physical activity levels, fatigue and quality of life at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months. A 6-minute walk test, sit-to-stand test and hand grip strength test were later introduced at baseline and 12 weeks to assess MMA’s impact on cardiorespiratory fitness, strength and mobility.ResultsMMA has generated over 400 referrals to date. Referrals were highest for prostate (25%), breast (24%), bowel (9%) and lung (7%) cancer. MMA has demonstrated a long-term increase in physical activity levels (P<0.01), decrease in fatigue (P<0.05) and improvement in quality of life (P<0.05) for participants. Results from objective measurements will be available in June 2018.ConclusionsMMA has successfully supported PLWC into a lifestyle of long-term, independent physical activity for health. The programme has improved access and adherence to physical activity for PLWC and demonstrates a feasible model for integrating physical activity into standard cancer care. External funding details Move More Aberdeen is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.
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