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Currently submitted to: Journal of Medical Internet Research

Date Submitted: May 19, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: May 19, 2020 - Jul 19, 2020
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A qualitative study exploring the effects of participation in a community-based pre-operative exercise programme on perceived wellbeing and quality of life in people with newly diagnosed prostate cancer: A pilot study

  • Lisa Loughney; 
  • Rachel McGowan; 
  • Kiaran O'Malley; 
  • Noel McCaffrey; 
  • Brona Furlong; 
  • Deirdre Walsh; 

ABSTRACT

Background:

People with a newly diagnosed prostate cancer are often treated by surgery. The time window between cancer diagnosis and surgery causes high levels of uncertainty and stress, which negatively impact quality of life (QoL).

Objective:

To explore the experience of participating in a community-based pre-operative exercise programme (in the time between cancer diagnosis and surgery) and its impact on perceived wellbeing and QoL in people with newly diagnosed prostate cancer.

Methods:

Eleven men diagnosed with a new prostate cancer diagnosis were recruited and undertook a prescribed community-based pre-operative exercise training programme in the time available prior to surgery. Following completion of the pre-operative exercise programme (within 1 week before surgery), participants took part in one semi-structured interview which explored four broad QoL domains: physical; psychological; social; and spiritual wellbeing. Data were analysed using thematic analysis (a bottom up/inductive analysis).

Results:

Data supported four main themes. Participation in the community-based pre-operative exercise training programme (over a mean (SD) of 4 (2) weeks) provided participants with: 1) a teachable moment; 2) a journey of preparation; 3) provided them with a sense of optimism; and 4) social connectedness.

Conclusions:

This community-based pre-operative exercise training programme enhanced wellbeing and served as an opportunity to improve perceived QoL. Further research is required to explore this in a larger sample. Clinical Trial: N/A


 Citation

Please cite as:

Loughney L, McGowan R, O'Malley K, McCaffrey N, Furlong B, Walsh D

A qualitative study exploring the effects of participation in a community-based pre-operative exercise programme on perceived wellbeing and quality of life in people with newly diagnosed prostate cancer: A pilot study

JMIR Preprints. 19/05/2020:20307

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.20307

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/20307

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