Supporting prostate cancer research

Understanding cancer workforce capacity to implement exercise counselling and an exercise referral pathway: a mixed methods study.

A/Prof Cristina M. Caperchione, University of Technology, Sydney

A new position statement by COSA has indicated that being physically activity throughout cancer treatment and beyond has many physical and mental health benefits for cancer patients/survivors. However, those working within cancer care find it challenging to discuss and counsel their patients about exercise given the limited time they have with their patients and their lack of knowledge specific to exercise.

The aim of this research is to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence exercise counselling and work with patients/survivors and the cancer care workforce to identify and develop ways to address these factors. Specifically, we would like to explore patients/survivors’ perceptions and opinions about exercise as part of cancer care.

To do this, cancer patients/survivors will be invited to complete an online survey requesting information about barriers to exercise and needs and preferences of patients/survivors concerning exercise counselling from the cancer care workforce. This research is the preliminary step in providing knowledge for the cancer care workforce concerning exercise as part of cancer care, as well, it will assist with identifying and developing strategies/approaches to assist the workforce with providing time efficient exercise counselling.

This study is no longer recruiting participants.

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