Evaluation of a city-wide physical activity pathway for people affected by cancer: the Active Everyday service

HUMPHREYS, Liam, FRITH, Gabriella, HUMPHREYS, Helen, CRANK, Helen, DIXEY, Joanne, GREENFIELD, Diana M. and REECE, Lindsey J. (2023). Evaluation of a city-wide physical activity pathway for people affected by cancer: the Active Everyday service. Supportive Care in Cancer, 31 (2): 101.

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Purpose: The primary goal of this article is to present an evaluation of a UK-based city-wide physical activity pathway for patients with a cancer diagnosis, the Active Everyday service. Active Everyday was a co-produced physical activity service for people affected by cancer. The service was underpinned by a behaviour change care pathway model developed by Macmillan Cancer Support charity. Methods: This was a retrospective evaluation assessing physical activity levels and changes to outcome measures (fatigue, perceived health, and self-efficacy) over 6 months. Each participant self-reported their levels of physical activity for the previous 7 days at three-time points: baseline (T1), at 12-week exit from the scheme (T2), and at 6-month follow-up (T3). Results: The Active Everyday service received 395 referrals, of which 252 attended a baseline assessment. Participants’ fatigue and self-efficacy improved between T1 and T2 and T1 and T3. Perceived health improved across all time points. Participant exercise levels showed significant differences between T1 and T2. Conclusion: The service, provided over 3 years, resulted in positive health and wellbeing outcomes in people affected by cancer who engaged in the service. Future services must routinely include exercise referrals/prescriptions as a standard part of care to help engage inactive individuals. Services should focus on targeted promotion to people from ethnic minority groups, and a wide socioeconomic population.

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Additional Information: ** From Springer Nature via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ** Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements: The authors express gratitude to all the service users involved in Active Everyday. The authors also thank the healthcare professionals who referred people to the service. Thank you to Weston Park Cancer Charity, who provided funding for exercise professionals across South Yorkshire (12 in Sheffield) to undertake the level four exercise cancer specialist course. **Journal IDs: pissn 0941-4355; eissn 1433-7339 **Article IDs: publisher-id: s00520-022-07560-y; manuscript: 7560 **History: published 02-2023; online 09-01-2023; published 09-01-2023; accepted 21-12-2022; registration 21-12-2022; submitted 01-07-2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research, Exercise referral, Exercise, Physical activity, Cancer survivorship, Community-based
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-022-07560-y
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 11:54
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 08:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31284

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