Materials and Methods: An online survey exploring healthcare professionals' practice patterns, perceptions, barriers, and facilitators of exercise in patients with lung cancer was conducted within members of the EORTC Lung Cancer Group (LCG).
Results: One hundred forty-one healthcare providers completed the survey, mainly medical and radiation oncologists. Overall, 63% of the study participants declared that they frequently assessed exercise level in their patients, and 43% of them reinforced the importance of exercise. However, only 10% referred patients to an exercise program or specialist. Although the majority of the respondents had a positive perception regarding the benefits and safety of exercise (even in patients with advanced disease and/or bone metastasis), two-thirds of clinicians reported not having adequate training about exercise counselling. Moreover, 53% reported to lack of knowledge of guidelines referring to exercise in patients with cancer. Several obstacles and facilitators to improve exercise promotion in lung cancer care were identified.
Conclusion: Healthcare providers recognize the relevance and feasibility of exercise as part of cancer treatment intervention, but specific pathways to do the referral are frequently missing. Future structured and well-designed strategies and initiatives are needed to support an effective referral in order to implement exercise interventions routinely in clinical practice.
- health personnel
- lung neoplasms/therapy
- referral and consultation
- surveys and questionnaires
Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms
- Manchester Cancer Research Centre