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Jun 18, 2019

MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer

17 - PATIENTS’ EXERCISE ABILITIES AND PREFERENCES IN THE COMMUNITY PALLIATIVE CARE SETTING

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exercise

patient preference

palliative care

patient ability

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exercise

patient preference

palliative care

patient ability

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BACKGROUND There is limited information about palliative care patients’ preferences for exercise despite its known benefits. We aim to describe the exercise abilities and preferences of patients with the ultimate aim to develop an exercise program. METHODS A convenience sample of community patients from Sacred Heart Health Service, Sydney, was approached to complete a cross-sectional paper or electronic survey. The following information was collected: demographics, diagnosis, current physical activity and their preferences include types of activity and setting. Patients were approached either in the clinic or at home. RESULTS Between May 2017-April 2018, 44 (17 Male: 27 Female) completed questionnaires was collected. The patient’s median age was 71 years. The majority (84%) of patients had cancer as their main disease. Most patients (77%) were seen in the outpatient clinic. Most patients (59%) reported exercising at least once a week with 23% patients reporting that they exercise everyday. Of those who exercised, most people (39%) exercised between 15-29 minutes each session. Walking was the most common (66%) type of exercise patients were currently undertaking. Most patients (73%) preferred to exercise alone, with 41% of patients preferring to exercise unsupervised. About half of them (53%) would prefer to exercise at home. The top three barriers to exercise were related tiredness (57%), pain (55%), and dysnpoea (37%). CONCLUSION Palliative care patients are able and interested in participating in physical activity. In this study, patients are interested in exercising alone and at home. Adequate symptom control may increase patients’ interest and abilities to exercise.

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