Cancer patients' view on rehabilitation and quality of life: a programme audit

Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2008 May;17(3):290-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2007.00864.x.


An existing 12-week cancer rehabilitation group programme, combining physical training and psychosocial sessions, was recently tested in a quantitative longitudinal cohort study (n = 658) among adult patients who have problems coping with cancer. Results showed improvements in all quality of life domains. The objective of the present study was to explore patients' perspectives on how and to what extent the rehabilitation programme had met their needs in order to optimize the programme. Patients who participated in the programme no longer than 5 years ago were interviewed in three focus groups (n = 23). Participants saw rehabilitation as provided by the programme as an important steppingstone in their ongoing recovery process and identified the integrated physical training, psychosocial sessions and patient-to-patient contacts as a powerful and supportive combination. Recommendations for improvements to the programme mainly concerned the psychosocial module. Information needs varied strongly among participants and, in this respect, it was hard to satisfy all of them. Participants suggested that the programme should focus more on developing skills to cope with cancer, its consequences and emerging problems after rehabilitation. In conclusion, participants valued the group-based multi-modal cancer rehabilitation programme and recommended to focus more on developing coping skills.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health
  • Exercise Therapy / methods
  • Exercise Therapy / standards*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Neoplasms / rehabilitation*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Social Support