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SAGE Palliative Medicine & Chronic Care

Aug 7, 2018

This episode features Marc Sampedro Pilegaard (The Research Initiative of Activity Studies and Occupational Therapy, Research Unit of General Practice, Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark). This randomised controlled trial aimed to evaluate the efficacy of the ‘Cancer Home Life-Intervention’ compared with usual care with regard to patients’ performance of, and participation in, everyday activities, and their health-related quality of life. The ‘Cancer Home-Life Intervention’ is a brief, tailored, occupational therapy–based and adaptive programme for people with advanced cancer targeting the performance of their prioritised everyday activities.

The study recruited home-living adults diagnosed with advanced cancer experiencing functional limitations were recruited from two Danish hospitals. They were assessed at baseline, and at 6 and 12 weeks of follow-up. The primary outcome was activities of daily living motor ability.

The results demonstrated that there was effect Cancer Home-Life Intervention was found on the primary outcome; however, people with advanced cancer have substantial problems performing activities of daily living. The majority need an intervention addressing these problems. Therefore, will benefit from occupational therapy. Future research should identify the appropriateness of the intensity, duration and timing of the intervention. 

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