Exercise in cancer care in Ireland: a survey of oncology nurses and physiotherapists

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/322546
Title:
Exercise in cancer care in Ireland: a survey of oncology nurses and physiotherapists
Authors:
O’Hanlon, Éadaoin; Kennedy, Noralee
Affiliation:
Dept of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick
Publisher:
European Journal of Cancer Care
Journal:
European journal of cancer care
Issue Date:
Jun-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/322546
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Little is known about the extent of exercise prescription within cancer care. This cross sectional survey aims to identify Irish oncology nurses and physiotherapists’ current knowledge and practice in prescribing exercise for cancer care and barriers to such prescription. An online survey was distributed to the Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care (n=35) and the Irish Association for Nurses in Oncology (n=170). The response rate was 74% (26/35) for physiotherapists and 34% (58/170) for oncology nurses. Three quarters of physiotherapists recommended/prescribed exercise with 81% or more of cancer patients in the past 6 months, with the exercises prescribed largely in line with current guidelines. Patients’ family/friends advising rest was the most commonly reported exercise barrier by physiotherapists (89% (17/19)), with a lack of exercise guidelines for cancer patients being most problematic for oncology nurses (93% (50/54)). Only 33% (18/54) of oncology nurses felt they had sufficient knowledge regarding exercise in cancer care. In conclusion, exercise prescription by physiotherapists largely corresponds with current guidelines. A minority of nurses felt they had sufficient knowledge of exercise for this population. Further formal postgraduate educational opportunities are needed for oncology nurses and physiotherapists in this area.
Keywords:
CANCER; NURSES; EXERCISE

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO’Hanlon, Éadaoinen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Noraleeen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-07T16:06:21Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-07T16:06:21Z-
dc.date.issued2014-06-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/322546-
dc.descriptionLittle is known about the extent of exercise prescription within cancer care. This cross sectional survey aims to identify Irish oncology nurses and physiotherapists’ current knowledge and practice in prescribing exercise for cancer care and barriers to such prescription. An online survey was distributed to the Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care (n=35) and the Irish Association for Nurses in Oncology (n=170). The response rate was 74% (26/35) for physiotherapists and 34% (58/170) for oncology nurses. Three quarters of physiotherapists recommended/prescribed exercise with 81% or more of cancer patients in the past 6 months, with the exercises prescribed largely in line with current guidelines. Patients’ family/friends advising rest was the most commonly reported exercise barrier by physiotherapists (89% (17/19)), with a lack of exercise guidelines for cancer patients being most problematic for oncology nurses (93% (50/54)). Only 33% (18/54) of oncology nurses felt they had sufficient knowledge regarding exercise in cancer care. In conclusion, exercise prescription by physiotherapists largely corresponds with current guidelines. A minority of nurses felt they had sufficient knowledge of exercise for this population. Further formal postgraduate educational opportunities are needed for oncology nurses and physiotherapists in this area.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEuropean Journal of Cancer Careen_GB
dc.subjectCANCERen_GB
dc.subjectNURSESen_GB
dc.subjectEXERCISEen_GB
dc.titleExercise in cancer care in Ireland: a survey of oncology nurses and physiotherapistsen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDept of Clinical Therapies, University of Limericken_GB
dc.identifier.journalEuropean journal of cancer careen_GB
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