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An interprofessional palliative care oncology rehabilitation program: effects on function and predictors of program completion

Chasen MR, Feldstain A, Gravelle D, Macdonald N, Pereira J.

Curr Oncol. 2013 Dec;20(6):301-9.

Editors' comments: Dr. Martin Chasen

Palliative Rehabilitation Program (prp) was designed to ameliorate disease effects and to improve the patient's functioning after completing anti cancer treatment for advanced cancer. Program was 8 weeks and consisted of a mufti-professional evaluation and intervention with physician, nurse, OT, PT, social worker and dietician.
Results indicate significant improvements in physical performance (p < 0.000), nutrition (p = 0.001), symptom severity (p = 0.005 to 0.001), symptom interference with functioning (p = 0.003 to 0.001), fatigue (p = 0.001), and physical endurance, mobility, and balance or function (p = 0.001 to 0.001). This suggests this is a beneficial intervention for patients with advanced cancer.