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eHealth-based intervention to increase physical activity levels in people with cancer: protocol of a feasibility trial in an Irish acute hospital setting
Darker, Catherine; Broderick, Julie; Hussey, Juliette; Haberlin, Ciar?n; Guinan, Emer M.; O'Donnell, Dearbhaile M.
Introduction: Exercise and physical activity (PA) are established and effective treatment options for various side effects of cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The advent of eHealth brings new opportunities to influence healthy behaviours, using interactive and novel approaches. Influencing PA behaviours in people with cancer presents a potential application of this. The aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an intervention, using eHealth, for increasing PA in cancer survivors. Methods and analysis: This will be a single-arm pre?post feasibility study. We aim to recruit a heterogeneous sample of 60 participants from cancer clinics in St. James?s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Eligibility criteria will include patients who have completed chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy with curative intent between 3 and 36 months prior to enrolment. The intervention will include the delivery of a 12-week PA programme. The eHealth aspect of the intervention will involve the provision of a Fitbit activity tracker, which will be used in conjunction with specific PA goals remotely prescribed and monitored by a physiotherapist. Primary outcomes will be feasibility measures related to the study (recruitment capability, data collection procedures, adherence and compliance, evaluation of the resources to implement the study and evaluation of participant responses to the intervention). Secondary measures will evaluate preliminary efficacy of the intervention in terms of clinical outcomes (body composition, PA (objective and self-report), quality of life and aerobic capacity). Primary and secondary outcomes will be assessed at baseline (as appropriate), at conclusion of the intervention and at a 6-month follow-up. Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval has been granted by the St. James?s Hospital/AMNCH Joint Ethics Committee (2016/05/02). Results from this study will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as for presentation and dissemination at conferences in the field of oncology and survivorship. Trial registration: NCT03036436; Pre-results.
Keyword(s): eHealth; Physical activity levels; Cancer; Activity tracking; Digital Engagement; Inclusive Society; Health
Publication Date:
2019
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Citation(s): Haberlin, C., Broderick, J., Guinan, E., Darker, C.D., Hussey, J. & O'Donnell, D.M., eHealth-based intervention to increase physical activity levels in people with cancer: protocol of a feasibility trial in an Irish acute hospital setting, BMJ Open, 9, 3, 2019, e024999
Related Link(s): https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/3/e024999
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