May 8, 2019
May 8, 2019
Individuals diagnosed with cancer tend to be inactive and have symptom burdens that impact quality of life. A community-based Nordic Pole Walking (NPW) program may help. The primary objective of this study was to see if it was feasible to do to a larger trial. The secondary objective was to determine the effects of NPW on physical function and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). NPW or no NPW was randomly assigned to adults with non-small cell lung, prostate, colorectal, and endometrial. Eight people were enrolled in the study with 4 in the NPW group (1 dropped out) and 4 in the no NPW group.
Individuals diagnosed with cancer tend to be inactive and have symptom burdens that impact quality of life. An individualized, community-based Nordic pole walking (NPW) program may help. The primary objective of this study was to assess feasibility using the Thabane Framework of a randomized controlled trial (RCT). The secondary objective was to determine the effects of NPW on physical function (six-minute walk test, 30-second [30-s] chair stand test, Unsupported Upper Limb Exercise Test, handgrip strength, physical activity [PA]), and health-related quality of life (HRQoL, 36-Item Short Form Health [SF-36]). The study design was an eight-week multi-centred block randomized controlled feasibility study (no blinding) comparing a NPW program (versus usual daily routine) for adults with non-small cell lung, prostate, colorectal, and endometrial cancer, from hospitals and cancer support groups.
|Experimental: Nordic pole walking
walking with a pair of poles customized to an individual's height and stride length
Behavioral: Nordic pole walking
- a primary diagnosis (including reoccurrence) of histologically confirmed stage I-IV
NSCLC, prostate, colorectal, or endometrial cancer (with any concurrent cancer
- a cancer diagnosis or treatment within the last three years
- ≥ 55 years old
- approval by the primary treating physician
- ability to communicate in English.
• engaged in NPW within the last six-months
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Lakeridge Health Corporation
Southlake Regional Health Centre