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SAGE Palliative Medicine & Chronic Care

Oct 15, 2018

This episode features Dr Cathy Payne (Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, UK).

This qualitative study aimed to explore the experiences and perceptions of patients and healthcare professionals on the feasibility and acceptability of palliative rehabilitation during advanced lung cancer treatment. The results of this study demonstrated that patient participants perceived that an individualised behaviour change programme which combined physical activity, exercise and nutritional guidance was of value and should be offered to all those wishing to be actively involved in their cancer management. Engagement in a palliative rehabilitation study led healthcare professionals to have more positive attitudes towards rehabilitation as a component of advanced cancer treatment.

This study highlights the potential impact of palliative rehabilitation as a component of advanced cancer management, but further work is needed to incorporate rehabilitation within lung cancer treatment pathways. Further research is needed to determine if the views held by patient participants are reflective of the wider population of those receiving systemic therapy with palliative intent.

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