Physical activity and screen-time of childhood hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors

Bogg, Tina, Shaw, Peter, Cohn, Richard J., Wakefield, Claire E., Hardy, Louise, Broderick, Carolyn, & Naumann, Fiona L. (2015) Physical activity and screen-time of childhood hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors. Acta Paediatrica, 104(10), e455-e459.

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Abstract

Aim

Reduced bone mineral density, impaired cardiovascular fitness, and increased risk of obesity are well-known late effects of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) in survivors of childhood cancer. These comorbidities can be mitigated through physical activity and limiting screen-time (ST). This study aims to increase the understanding of physical activity and ST behaviours for children following HSCT.

Method

Children were recruited from two oncology follow-up clinics and completed a questionnaire on their physical activity levels and screen-time. Children were classified as short (≤2yrs) and long term (>2yrs) survivors.

Results

Fifty-eight children were eligible, of whom forty children age 6 to 18 years (60% males) participated in the study. Less than half (47.5%) met the daily recommendations for physical activity and one third met the ST recommendations. Late survivors reported higher daily physical activity and less ST than early survivors. Among late survivors, females reported higher daily physical activity and less ST than males.

Conclusions

Our findings suggest that the majority of children following HSCT were not sufficiently active and had excessive screen-time; however this was comparable to healthy populations. Appropriately designed physical activity and screen-time intervention programs should be explored early following transplant for children undergoing HSCT.

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ID Code: 85103
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: physical activity, inactivity, screen time, BMT, childhood cancer survivors
DOI: 10.1111/apa.13120
ISSN: 1651-2227
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Exercise Physiology (110602)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2015 00:31
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 21:49

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