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Effect of group dynamics-based exercise versus personal training in breast cancer survivors
Leach HJ, Covington KR, Voss C, LeBreton KA, Harden SM, Schuster SR
Oncology Nursing Forum 2019 Mar;46(2):185-197
clinical trial
6/10 [Eligibility criteria: Yes; Random allocation: Yes; Concealed allocation: Yes; Baseline comparability: Yes; Blind subjects: No; Blind therapists: No; Blind assessors: No; Adequate follow-up: Yes; Intention-to-treat analysis: No; Between-group comparisons: Yes; Point estimates and variability: Yes. Note: Eligibility criteria item does not contribute to total score] *This score has been confirmed*

OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of a group dynamics-based exercise intervention versus a personal training intervention for increasing physical activity (PA), physical fitness, and quality of life (QOL) in post-treatment breast cancer survivors. SAMPLE AND SETTING: 26 women with stage I or II breast cancer who attended intervention activities at a local academic institution. METHODS AND VARIABLES: Participants were randomly assigned to receive an eight-week intervention in either a group dynamics-based exercise or a personal training setting. Both intervention arms received supervised exercise twice per week, as well as PA education and discussion sessions. RESULTS: Significant increases were noted in both intervention arms for vigorous PA, chest press, and leg press. Increases in overall QOL and total PA were significant only in the group dynamics-based exercise intervention arm. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: The group dynamics-based exercise intervention produced similar improvements in PA and physical fitness compared to the personal training intervention, and it may have facilitated greater improvements in overall QOL.

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