A randomized controlled trial of outpatient CAncer REhabilitation for older adults: The CARE Program.

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  • BACKGROUND: Large numbers of older adults (aged 65years or older) are surviving cancer; however, many survivors report decreased quality of life (QOL) and limitations in activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) both during and after treatment [1-3]. Occupational and physical therapy (OT/PT) are services focused on improving functional status and QOL that are largely unexplored and underutilized in cancer survivorship care [4,5]. METHODS/DESIGN: This is a randomized, single-blind, two-arm, single institution pilot study. Eighty-two patients will be recruited from a university-affiliated outpatient oncology clinic. Inclusion criteria include the following: aged 65years or older, diagnosis of cancer within 5years, English speaking, has at least one functional deficit, and able to safely participate in an outpatient rehabilitation program. Exclusion criteria are: currently receiving rehabilitation or eligible for hospice. Consented patients will be randomized into two groups: (1) the CARE (CAncer REhabilitation) Program consisting of outpatient OT/PT and (2) standard of care. PRIMARY OUTCOME: change in Nottingham Extended Activities of Daily Living (NEADL) scores from baseline to 3months between CARE and control. DISCUSSION: This study is one of the first RCTs aimed at examining the effect of OT/PT in older adults with cancer. If positive, findings from this study will suggest the potential for outpatient OT/PT to improve the functional ability and QOL of older adults with cancer.
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  • Cancer rehabilitation, Geriatric oncology, Occupational therapy, Physical therapy
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  • Pergolotti M; Deal AM; Williams GR; Bryant AL; Reeve BB; Muss HB
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  • 89
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  • 94
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  • 44