Group physical activity intervention for childhood cancer survivors

A pilot study

Kathy Ruble, Susan Scarvalone, Lisa Gallicchio, Catherine Lucy Davis, Diane Wells

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Abstract

Background: Inadequate physical activity (PA) in childhood cancer survivors may lead to compromised health outcomes. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility and effect of a PA intervention in childhood cancer survivors ages 8-12 who report < 1 hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical (MVPA) per day. Methods: Twenty survivors were randomized to a 6-month group PA intervention or to a control group. A pre/post measure of MVPA was completed by all participants, and a pre/post measure of self-efficacy was completed by the intervention group. Analysis included measures of feasibility, change in percentage of awake time spent in MVPA, self-efficacy scores, and correlations in MVPA and self-efficacy. Results: All feasibility parameters were confirmed. Increases in percent of awake time spent in MVPA were seen in 67% of the intervention group and 14% of the control group. A medium effect size (r = 0.55) was calculated for the correlation between change in MVPA and change in total self-efficacy scores; the largest effect size (r = 0.62) was found for the subscale for adequacy. Conclusions: Increases in MVPA can be seen in childhood cancer survivors who participate in a group intervention that includes support of self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-359
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Exercise
  • Long-term survival
  • Pediatric oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Group physical activity intervention for childhood cancer survivors : A pilot study. / Ruble, Kathy; Scarvalone, Susan; Gallicchio, Lisa; Davis, Catherine Lucy; Wells, Diane.

In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Vol. 13, No. 3, 01.03.2016, p. 352-359.

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Ruble, Kathy ; Scarvalone, Susan ; Gallicchio, Lisa ; Davis, Catherine Lucy ; Wells, Diane. / Group physical activity intervention for childhood cancer survivors : A pilot study. In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2016 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 352-359.
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