Impact of a prehabilitation and recovery programme on emotional well-being in individuals undergoing cancer surgery: a multi-perspective qualitative study
AffiliationGreater Manchester Cancer Alliance, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.
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AbstractBACKGROUND: Prehabilitation and recovery programmes aim to optimise patients' physical fitness and mental well-being before, during and after cancer treatment. This paper aimed to understand the impact of such a programme on emotional well-being in individuals undergoing cancer surgery. The programme was multi-modal, containing physical activity, well-being and nutritional support. METHODS: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 16 individuals who participated in a prehabilitation and recovery programme. Twenty-four health care staff involved in referral completed an online survey. An inductive, thematic analysis was conducted, integrating perspectives of patients and staff, structured with the Framework approach. RESULTS: Patients seemed to experience emotional benefits from the programme, appearing less anxious and more confident in their ability to cope with treatment. They seemed to value having something positive to focus on and control over an aspect of treatment. Ongoing, implicit psychological support provided by Exercise Specialists, who were perceived as expert, available and caring, seemed valued. Some patients appeared to appreciate opportunities to talk about cancer with peers and professionals. Discomfort with talking about cancer with other people, outside of the programme, was expressed. CONCLUSIONS: Participation in a prehabilitation and recovery programme appeared to yield valuable emotional well-being benefits, even without referral to specialist psychological support. STUDY REGISTRATION: The study protocol was uploaded onto the Open Science Framework 24 September 2020 ( https://osf.io/347qj/ ).
CitationPowell R, Davies A, Rowlinson-Groves K, French DP, Moore J, Merchant Z. Impact of a prehabilitation and recovery programme on emotional well-being in individuals undergoing cancer surgery: a multi-perspective qualitative study. BMC cancer. 2023 Dec 14;23(1):1232. PubMed PMID: 38097972. Pubmed Central PMCID: PMC10722769. Epub 2023/12/15. eng.