The importance of cancer patients' functional recollections to explore the acceptability of an isometric‐resistance exercise intervention: a qualitative study

Hashem, Ferhana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2544-1350, Corbett, Kevin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2425-194X, Stephensen, David, Swaine, Ian, Ali, Haythem and Hutchins, Irena (2020) The importance of cancer patients' functional recollections to explore the acceptability of an isometric‐resistance exercise intervention: a qualitative study. Health Science Reports, 3 (3) . ISSN 2398-8835 [Article] (doi:10.1002/hsr2.186)

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Abstract

Background and Aims
Although it has been widely recognized the potential of physical activity to help cancer patients' preparation for and recovery from surgery, there is little consideration of patient reflections and recovery experiences to help shape adherence to exercise programs. The aim was to explore the acceptability of our newly proposed isometric exercise program in a large general hospital trust in England providing specialist cancer care by using patient recollections of illness and therapy prior to undertaking a randomized controlled trial.

Methods
Four Focus groups (FGs) were conducted with cancer survivors with an explicit focus on patient identity, functional capacity, physical strength, exercise advice, types of activities as well as the timing of our exercise program and its suitability. Thematic framework analysis was used with NVivo 11.

Results
FG data was collected in January 2016. A total of 13 patients were participated, 10 were male and 3 were female with participants' ages ranging from 39 to 77. Data saturation was achieved when no new information had been generated reaching “information redundancy.” Participants reflected upon their post-surgery recovery experiences on the appropriateness and suitability of the proposed intervention, what they thought about its delivery and format, and with hindsight what the psychological enablers and barriers would be to participation.

Conclusion
Based upon the subjective recollections and recovery experiences of cancer survivors, isometric-resistance exercise interventions tailored to individuals with abdominal cancer has the potential to be acceptable for perioperative patients to help increase their physical activity and can also help with emotional and psychological recovery.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 33505
Notes on copyright: © 2020 The Authors. Health Science Reports published by Wiley Periodicals LLC.
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2021 13:11
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2021 13:11
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33505

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