The Effect of the Combined Intervention of Low Intensity Exercise and Slow Stroke Back Massage (SSBM) on Physical Activity and Severity of Fatigue in the Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy

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Maryam Fazeli 1 , Marziyeh Asadizaker ORCID 2 , * , Simin Jahani ORCID 2 , Elham Maraghi ORCID 3 , Tina Vosoughi 4

1 Chronic Diseases Care Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

2 Chronic Diseases Care Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

3 School of Public Health, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

4 Thalassemia and Hemoglobinopathy Research Center, Research Institute of Health, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran

How to Cite: Fazeli M, Asadizaker M, Jahani S, Maraghi E, Vosoughi T. The Effect of the Combined Intervention of Low Intensity Exercise and Slow Stroke Back Massage (SSBM) on Physical Activity and Severity of Fatigue in the Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy, Jundishapur J Chronic Dis Care.2021 In Press(In Press): e100304. doi: 10.5812/jjcdc.100304.

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Jundishapur Journal of Chronic Disease Care: In Press (In Press); e100304
Published Online: June 05, 2021
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 15, 2020
Revised: May 02, 2021
Accepted: May 03, 2021
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Abstract

Background: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) during chemotherapy and after it and decreased body energy is a common problem in patients that does not resolve with sleep and rest. This study was designed to assess the effect of combination therapy of low intensity exercise and slow stroke back massage (SSBM) on physical activity and fatigue intensity of patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Methods: This clinical trial study was performed on 92 patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy were referred to the oncology wards of Baqhaiee-2 hospital Ahvaz-Iran (2018-2020). Patients were randomized to two groups. Intervention group patients received three days a week for 4 weeks that each session 10 minutes for slow stroke back massage and 15 minutes’ low intensity exercise. Control group patients received usual care. Data were collected by using demographic questionnaire, Piper Fatigue Scale (PFS) and International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and then analyzed by using SPSS software.

Results: The results showed the intensity of fatigue decreased in the experimental group and there was statistically significant difference between the two groups (p = 0.05). The trend of physical activity increased in the experimental group but there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups (p = 0.68).

Conclusions: The combination of low intensity exercise intervention and slow stroke back massage had a positive effect on fatigue severity but no statistically positive effect on physical activity.

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