Feasibility and Acceptability of a Resistance Exercise Intervention for Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160846
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Presentation
Title:
Feasibility and Acceptability of a Resistance Exercise Intervention for Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
Abstract:
Feasibility and Acceptability of a Resistance Exercise Intervention for Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
Author:Visovsky, Constance, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Nebraska Medical Center
Title:College of Nursing
Contact Address:985330 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 68198-5330, USA
Contact Telephone:402-559-5468
Co-Authors:C. Visovsky, B. Babcock, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE;
Resistance exercise can assist in maintaining muscle strength, physical functioning in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Few studies examined resistance exercise for reducing the neuromuscular side effects of chemotherapy. Newer interventions require an assessment of feasibility and acceptability to the populations for which they were developed. The purpose of this analysis was to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a resistance exercise intervention for women undergoing chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer. A physiological framework was used. Chemotherapy-induced cytokines cause pathological changes in the muscle, causing muscle weakness and fatigue. The data reported are from the final data collection interview of the intervention group (n=44) who participated in a randomized clinical trial testing a resistance exercise intervention for women with breast cancer. Data regarding feasibility and acceptability was collected using an investigator-developed questionnaire consisting of 6 Likert-scale items (range = 1-5), and 4 additional open-ended questions concerning exercise benefits and barriers. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the Likert-scale questions. A mean score of 3.0 or greater indicated that the intervention was acceptable. A content analysis was performed on the open-ended items. Five of six questions exceeded the 3.0 set point indicating women found the remaining aspects of the intervention feasible and acceptable. Challenges in exercise were symptoms, fatigue, and time constraints. The benefits from the exercise program consisted of increased strength and energy, emotional well being, physical well being. Study results suggest that resistance exercise intervention conducted during chemotherapy for breast cancer is feasible and acceptable. Social support for exercise was the most important factor in continuing an exercise program during chemotherapy. Study participants can be successfully recruited into a resistance exercise program during chemotherapy for breast cancer. However, stronger emphasis in symptom management during the early phases of the study is needed to prevent study withdrawal.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFeasibility and Acceptability of a Resistance Exercise Intervention for Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Canceren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160846-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Feasibility and Acceptability of a Resistance Exercise Intervention for Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Visovsky, Constance, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Nebraska Medical Center</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">985330 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 68198-5330, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">402-559-5468</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cvisovsky@unmc.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">C. Visovsky, B. Babcock, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Resistance exercise can assist in maintaining muscle strength, physical functioning in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Few studies examined resistance exercise for reducing the neuromuscular side effects of chemotherapy. Newer interventions require an assessment of feasibility and acceptability to the populations for which they were developed. The purpose of this analysis was to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a resistance exercise intervention for women undergoing chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer. A physiological framework was used. Chemotherapy-induced cytokines cause pathological changes in the muscle, causing muscle weakness and fatigue. The data reported are from the final data collection interview of the intervention group (n=44) who participated in a randomized clinical trial testing a resistance exercise intervention for women with breast cancer. Data regarding feasibility and acceptability was collected using an investigator-developed questionnaire consisting of 6 Likert-scale items (range = 1-5), and 4 additional open-ended questions concerning exercise benefits and barriers. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the Likert-scale questions. A mean score of 3.0 or greater indicated that the intervention was acceptable. A content analysis was performed on the open-ended items. Five of six questions exceeded the 3.0 set point indicating women found the remaining aspects of the intervention feasible and acceptable. Challenges in exercise were symptoms, fatigue, and time constraints. The benefits from the exercise program consisted of increased strength and energy, emotional well being, physical well being. Study results suggest that resistance exercise intervention conducted during chemotherapy for breast cancer is feasible and acceptable. Social support for exercise was the most important factor in continuing an exercise program during chemotherapy. Study participants can be successfully recruited into a resistance exercise program during chemotherapy for breast cancer. However, stronger emphasis in symptom management during the early phases of the study is needed to prevent study withdrawal.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:11:38Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:11:38Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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