Care plan for resuming the physical activity of patients with pancreatic cancer and diabetes after surgery

Hui Ting Yang, Mei Chih Wu, Shiow Ching Shun*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Many barriers influence the ability of postoperative cancer patients to reengage in normal physical activities. Training programs have been shown to be effective in helping restore physical activity in patients and in reducing the care burdens of family members. Nurses cannot use physical activity guidelines in their care plan to assess individual needs. The clinical practice guidelines for physical activity in survivorship were published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) in 2016. These guidelines are used to assess patients' physical status, curable factors, physical barriers, and risk of postoperative pancreatic cancer and diabetes. In line with this assessment tool, the physical activity guidelines, and the recommendations for cancer patients, the authors planned a physical activity training program that addressed the actual needs of patients under their care. Further, the authors provided special notes for a diabetic diet that helped reduce the barriers to resuming physical activity and enhanced independent care efficacy. Meanwhile, the authors encouraged family members to participate in patient-care activities and family mental-health support and to promote patient participation in the training program in order to increase quality of life. The present project demonstrates that this care plan may provide an effective guide for nurses to help other cancer patients resume physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-111
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Diabetes
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Physical activity
  • Practice guidelines

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