Supporting prostate cancer research

Development and usability testing of a web-based physical activity guidance tool for men with metastatic prostate cancer.

Dr Camille Short,  Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, and Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne.

There is good evidence that participating in regular physical activity can help to reduce symptom distress and improve quality of life among men with metastatic prostate cancer. However, in most cases, expert advice is needed to ensure the exercise is conducted safely and that the type and amount of exercise will not exacerbate health issues. While there are some face-to-face programs available, many men live too far away, are too unwell or lack funds to attend face-to-face sessions, especially on an ongoing basis. With advances in technology, it may be possible to address this barrier by delivering tailored exercise prescription and lifestyle advice via a website. The website developed as part of this study will be the first to offer tailored exercise advice based on the users’ health status. However, to ensure the tool is safe, user-friendly and credible, we first need to conduct usability and safety testing.

Participants will be asked to look through the website sharing their opinion of usability and credibility. They will then be asked to complete 6-9 resistance training exercises, which will allow researchers to determine the safety of the exercise prescription.

Ethics approval has been granted through The University of Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee, Ethics Approval Number: H-2017-17.

You may be able to join the study if you meet all the following criteria:

  • Be living with metastatic prostate cancer,
  • Be able to attend a single face-to-face session at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (Adelaide) or Melbourne University (Melbourne),
  • Feel you are well enough to participate in some form of moderate resistance exercise for 5 minutes or more (if you wanted to),
  • Are able to read and write in English,
  • Have consent from your physician,
  • Provide a note from your physician detailing the extent and location of metastases.

For more information, please contact:

Email: Holly.Evans@adelaide.edu.au

Phone: 08 8128 4043

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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