A multimodal physiotherapy programme plus deep water running for improving cancer-related fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer survivors

Cuesta-Vargas, Antonio, Buchan, Jena, & Arroyo-Morales, M (2014) A multimodal physiotherapy programme plus deep water running for improving cancer-related fatigue and quality of life in breast cancer survivors. European Journal of Cancer Care, 23(1), pp. 15-21.

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The aim of the study was to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of aquatic‐based exercise in the form of deep water running ( DWR ) as part of a multimodal physiotherapy programme ( MMPP ) for breast cancer survivors. A controlled clinical trial was conducted in 42 primary breast cancer survivors recruited from community‐based P rimary C are C entres. Patients in the experimental group received a MMPP incorporating DWR , 3 times a week, for an 8‐week period. The control group received a leaflet containing instructions to continue with normal activities. Statistically significant improvements and intergroup effect size were found for the experimental group for P iper F atigue S cale‐ R evised total score ( d = 0.7, P = 0.001), as well as behavioural/severity ( d = 0.6, P = 0.05), affective/meaning ( d = 1.0, P = 0.001) and sensory ( d = 0.3, P = 0.03) domains. Statistically significant differences between the experimental and control groups were also found for general health ( d = 0.5, P < 0.05) and quality of life ( d = 1.3, P < 0.05). All participants attended over 80% of sessions, with no major adverse events reported. The results of this study suggest MMPP incorporating DWR decreases cancer‐related fatigue and improves general health and quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Further, the high level of adherence and lack of adverse events indicate such a programme is safe and feasible.

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ID Code: 80444
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Physical Therapy -- Methods, Cancer Fatigue -- Therapy, Cancer Survivors, Breast Neoplasms, Human; Quality of Life; Spain; Academic Medical Centers; Female; Adult; Middle Age; Diethylstilbestrol; T-Tests -- Utilization; Analysis of Variance -- Utilization; Data Analysis Software -- Utilization; Descriptive Statistics; Confidence Intervals -- Uti
DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12114
ISSN: 0961-5423
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 22:48
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 02:21

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