The Impact of Participation in a Hospital Based Structured Exercise Program on Quality of Life of Women Cancer Survivors

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149338
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Presentation
Title:
The Impact of Participation in a Hospital Based Structured Exercise Program on Quality of Life of Women Cancer Survivors
Abstract:
The Impact of Participation in a Hospital Based Structured Exercise Program on Quality of Life of Women Cancer Survivors
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Christopher, Kimberly
P.I. Institution Name:University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Objectives: In 2000, over 8.4 million Americans were living with a history of cancer. Diagnosis and treatment result in many psychological and physical side effects that negatively impact individuals’ quality of life. (QOL). Impaired functional status and diminished psychological well-being can affect QO)L long after treatment is completed. Exercise is an effective intervention for the prevention of disease, promotion of health, and the treatment of disease in people of all ages. Moreover, exercise has demonstrated a positive affect on physical and psychological health in people with chronic disease. This research explored the impact of participation in a hospital based structured exercise program on the QOL of women cancer survivors. Design: The exercise program had been offered for more than 5 years, however no data was collected on how participation impacted women’s QOL. Using a pre-test, post-test one group design, this pilot study investigated the impact of participation in a 12 week structured exercise program on QOL of women cancer survivors. Setting and Example: Subjects were recruited from the “Get Fit-Stay Fit” exercise program offered at a Community Cancer Center in Southeastern Massachusetts. Of the nineteen women enrolled in the program, 14 consented to participate in the study. Women were Caucasian, mean age was 61. Eleven had breast cancer, 1 each had colon, lung and ovarian. Average length of time since diagnosis was 47 months. Study Variables and Instruments: Adjustment to illness measured by the PAIS; mood states measured by the POMS; symptoms measured by Symptom Distress Scale; fatigue measured by the Piper Fatigue Scale; and overall quality of life by the Quality of Life Scale for Cancer Survivors. Findings: Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and paired t-tests with SPSS 10.0. Pre and p9ost measures were collected on 10 subjects, 9 were evaluated. There were no significant differences on pre-to post-test scores on PAIS, POMS, Symptom Distress Scale, Piper Fatigue Scale or Quality of Life Scale for the total sample. Significant differences were identified on subscale scores of PAIS psychological distress (t=3.28, p=0.01); POMS depression (t=3.21, p=0.01; QOL psychological well-being (t=2.70, p=0.02) and spiritual well-being (t=2.43, p=0.04). Conclusions and Implications: These pilot data suggest that structured exercise positively affected psychological and spiritual well-being of women cancer survivors. Data also suggest that the Community Cancer Center’s “Get Fit-Stay Fit” program enhances women cancer survivors’ adjustment. Further research using larger samples is needed to determine additional physical and psychological benefits of this exercise program.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Impact of Participation in a Hospital Based Structured Exercise Program on Quality of Life of Women Cancer Survivorsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149338-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Impact of Participation in a Hospital Based Structured Exercise Program on Quality of Life of Women Cancer Survivors</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Christopher, Kimberly</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">kchristopher@umassd.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objectives: In 2000, over 8.4 million Americans were living with a history of cancer. Diagnosis and treatment result in many psychological and physical side effects that negatively impact individuals&rsquo; quality of life. (QOL). Impaired functional status and diminished psychological well-being can affect QO)L long after treatment is completed. Exercise is an effective intervention for the prevention of disease, promotion of health, and the treatment of disease in people of all ages. Moreover, exercise has demonstrated a positive affect on physical and psychological health in people with chronic disease. This research explored the impact of participation in a hospital based structured exercise program on the QOL of women cancer survivors. Design: The exercise program had been offered for more than 5 years, however no data was collected on how participation impacted women&rsquo;s QOL. Using a pre-test, post-test one group design, this pilot study investigated the impact of participation in a 12 week structured exercise program on QOL of women cancer survivors. Setting and Example: Subjects were recruited from the &ldquo;Get Fit-Stay Fit&rdquo; exercise program offered at a Community Cancer Center in Southeastern Massachusetts. Of the nineteen women enrolled in the program, 14 consented to participate in the study. Women were Caucasian, mean age was 61. Eleven had breast cancer, 1 each had colon, lung and ovarian. Average length of time since diagnosis was 47 months. Study Variables and Instruments: Adjustment to illness measured by the PAIS; mood states measured by the POMS; symptoms measured by Symptom Distress Scale; fatigue measured by the Piper Fatigue Scale; and overall quality of life by the Quality of Life Scale for Cancer Survivors. Findings: Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and paired t-tests with SPSS 10.0. Pre and p9ost measures were collected on 10 subjects, 9 were evaluated. There were no significant differences on pre-to post-test scores on PAIS, POMS, Symptom Distress Scale, Piper Fatigue Scale or Quality of Life Scale for the total sample. Significant differences were identified on subscale scores of PAIS psychological distress (t=3.28, p=0.01); POMS depression (t=3.21, p=0.01; QOL psychological well-being (t=2.70, p=0.02) and spiritual well-being (t=2.43, p=0.04). Conclusions and Implications: These pilot data suggest that structured exercise positively affected psychological and spiritual well-being of women cancer survivors. Data also suggest that the Community Cancer Center&rsquo;s &ldquo;Get Fit-Stay Fit&rdquo; program enhances women cancer survivors&rsquo; adjustment. Further research using larger samples is needed to determine additional physical and psychological benefits of this exercise program.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:00:26Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:00:26Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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