Evid Based Nurs 9:19 doi:10.1136/ebn.9.1.19
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A home based, physical activity intervention increased physical activity, fitness, and vigour and reduced fatigue in sedentary women with early stage breast cancer

 Q Does a home based, physical activity (PA) intervention improve fitness and wellbeing in sedentary women with early stage breast cancer?



randomised controlled trial.





GraphicFollow up period:

12 weeks.


Rhode Island, USA.


86 women who were ⩾18 years of age (mean age 53 y) and had been diagnosed with stage 0-II breast cancer in the previous 5 years; had completed surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation; were able to walk 1 mile without assistive devices; and were sedentary (exercised <1 time per wk for 20 min at vigorous intensity or <2 times per wk for 30 min at moderate intensity for the past 6 mo). Women with previous cancer (except non-melanoma skin cancer) or a medical or psychiatric illness that would make PA compliance difficult or dangerous were excluded.


43 women were allocated to home based PA, which comprised in-person instruction on exercising at a moderate intensity, heart rate monitoring, and “warming up” before and “cooling down” after exercise; encouragement to …

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