Prehabilitative interventions for solid tumor cancers- A scoping review protocol.pdf (118.32 kB)

Prehabilitative interventions for solid tumor cancers: A scoping review protocol

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posted on 2023-02-22, 05:05 authored by Grace Campbell, Pavan BrarPavan Brar, David NolfiDavid Nolfi

ABSTRACT: The objective of this scoping review is to assess the extent of the literature on prehabilitation interventions for cancer patients undergoing surgery or chemotherapy, with specific emphasis on the components utilized in prehabilitation interventions. A significant portion of individuals with cancer experience disability and decreased quality of life as a result of cancer treatment. While prehabilitative interventions have the potential to improve functional and psychological outcomes, they are seldom part of cancer care. This may be due to the absence of a standardized definition of ‘prehabilitation’, and its key components. A scoping review will therefore be conducted to survey the range of components included in comprehensive prehabilitation. The target population of this review is adult pre-surgery or pre-chemotherapy patients with solid tissue tumors (patients with basal cell skin cancers will be excluded). Cancer prehabilitation will be defined as any physical or psychological intervention that occurs between the time of a cancer diagnosis and the beginning of acute treatment, in the context of any medical setting providing cancer care, to improve patient functioning during and after treatment. Relevant studies, published in English, will be identified using PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, Embase, ProQuest Dissertations & Global Theses, and NARIC/REHABDATA . All identified citations will be collated and uploaded into Covidence, and screened by two or more independent reviewers for assessment against the inclusion criteria for the review. The full text of selected citations will be assessed in detail against the inclusion criteria by two or more independent reviewers.


This review was funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, grant GBMF9048.


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