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"Doing What Only I Can Do": Experiences From Participating in a Multimodal Exercise-Based Intervention in Older Patients With Advanced Cancer-A Qualitative Explorative Study

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@article{f13d6bc7481f45c29761ddfa7084da07,
title = "{"}Doing What Only I Can Do{"}: Experiences From Participating in a Multimodal Exercise-Based Intervention in Older Patients With Advanced Cancer-A Qualitative Explorative Study",
abstract = "BACKGROUND: Sparse evidence exists regarding the feasibility and patients' experiences of exercise programs among older cancer populations.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of older patients with advanced cancer who participated in a 12-week supervised and multimodal exercise program in a hospital setting.METHODS: Individual interviews were conducted with 18 participants (≥65 years) with advanced cancer who completed the intervention program regardless of compliance rate. In addition, written evaluation questionnaires were collected. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis.RESULTS: Three main themes were identified: (1) Motivated to strengthen body and mind, with the subthemes {"}Doing what only I can do{"} and {"}Reaching goals with support from healthcare professionals and peers{"}; (2) Exercise as an integrated part of the treatment course; and (3) Overcoming undeniable physical limitations.CONCLUSIONS: The participants experienced several benefits from participation, including physical improvements, increased energy, reduction of symptoms, and improved social engagement. Goal setting, being positively pushed and cheered on, and integration of fun games increased motivation. In contrast, being pushed beyond physical limitations and experiencing severe symptoms were experienced as barriers toward exercising. Adherence to the exercise program was facilitated by coordinating a tailored program with medical appointments and receiving comprehensive support and guidance.IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Multimodal exercise programs seem to be beneficial for older patients with advanced cancer and should be coordinated with oncological treatment in combination with targeted support and advice on symptom management.",
author = "Mikkelsen, {Marta Kramer} and Hanne Michelsen and Nielsen, {Dorte Lisbet} and Anders Vinther and Lund, {Cecilia Margareta} and Mary Jarden",
note = "Copyright {\textcopyright} 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.",
year = "2021",
month = jul,
day = "21",
doi = "10.1097/NCC.0000000000000987",
language = "English",
journal = "Cancer Nursing",
issn = "0162-220X",
publisher = "Lippincott Williams & Wilkins",

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T1 - "Doing What Only I Can Do"

T2 - Experiences From Participating in a Multimodal Exercise-Based Intervention in Older Patients With Advanced Cancer-A Qualitative Explorative Study

AU - Mikkelsen, Marta Kramer

AU - Michelsen, Hanne

AU - Nielsen, Dorte Lisbet

AU - Vinther, Anders

AU - Lund, Cecilia Margareta

AU - Jarden, Mary

N1 - Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

PY - 2021/7/21

Y1 - 2021/7/21

N2 - BACKGROUND: Sparse evidence exists regarding the feasibility and patients' experiences of exercise programs among older cancer populations.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of older patients with advanced cancer who participated in a 12-week supervised and multimodal exercise program in a hospital setting.METHODS: Individual interviews were conducted with 18 participants (≥65 years) with advanced cancer who completed the intervention program regardless of compliance rate. In addition, written evaluation questionnaires were collected. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis.RESULTS: Three main themes were identified: (1) Motivated to strengthen body and mind, with the subthemes "Doing what only I can do" and "Reaching goals with support from healthcare professionals and peers"; (2) Exercise as an integrated part of the treatment course; and (3) Overcoming undeniable physical limitations.CONCLUSIONS: The participants experienced several benefits from participation, including physical improvements, increased energy, reduction of symptoms, and improved social engagement. Goal setting, being positively pushed and cheered on, and integration of fun games increased motivation. In contrast, being pushed beyond physical limitations and experiencing severe symptoms were experienced as barriers toward exercising. Adherence to the exercise program was facilitated by coordinating a tailored program with medical appointments and receiving comprehensive support and guidance.IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Multimodal exercise programs seem to be beneficial for older patients with advanced cancer and should be coordinated with oncological treatment in combination with targeted support and advice on symptom management.

AB - BACKGROUND: Sparse evidence exists regarding the feasibility and patients' experiences of exercise programs among older cancer populations.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of older patients with advanced cancer who participated in a 12-week supervised and multimodal exercise program in a hospital setting.METHODS: Individual interviews were conducted with 18 participants (≥65 years) with advanced cancer who completed the intervention program regardless of compliance rate. In addition, written evaluation questionnaires were collected. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis.RESULTS: Three main themes were identified: (1) Motivated to strengthen body and mind, with the subthemes "Doing what only I can do" and "Reaching goals with support from healthcare professionals and peers"; (2) Exercise as an integrated part of the treatment course; and (3) Overcoming undeniable physical limitations.CONCLUSIONS: The participants experienced several benefits from participation, including physical improvements, increased energy, reduction of symptoms, and improved social engagement. Goal setting, being positively pushed and cheered on, and integration of fun games increased motivation. In contrast, being pushed beyond physical limitations and experiencing severe symptoms were experienced as barriers toward exercising. Adherence to the exercise program was facilitated by coordinating a tailored program with medical appointments and receiving comprehensive support and guidance.IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Multimodal exercise programs seem to be beneficial for older patients with advanced cancer and should be coordinated with oncological treatment in combination with targeted support and advice on symptom management.

U2 - 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000987

DO - 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000987

M3 - Journal article

C2 - 34294645

JO - Cancer Nursing

JF - Cancer Nursing

SN - 0162-220X

ER -

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