Effects of a 1-week inpatient course including information, physical activity, and group sessions for prostate cancer patients

J Cancer Educ. 2011 Dec;26(4):754-60. doi: 10.1007/s13187-011-0245-8.


This study aims to explore the effects of a 1-week inpatient course including information, physical activity (PA), and group sessions on physical and mental health-related outcomes for prostate cancer (PCa) patients. Further to assess the patients' satisfaction with the course. PCa patients completed a questionnaire assessing PA, fatigue, mental distress, and quality of life 1 month before (T0) and 3 months after (T1) the course. Total fatigue, physical fatigue, and PSA anxiety decreased significantly from T0 to T1. No significant changes were observed in the other measures. The majority of the participants were satisfied with the course. In spite of minor reductions in fatigue and PSA anxiety and satisfied patients, the findings indicate that a 1-week inpatient course does not influence substantially on most of the health-related outcomes in PCa patients 3 months after the course.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anxiety / prevention & control
  • Consumer Health Information*
  • Depression / prevention & control
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Fatigue / prevention & control
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Inpatients / education*
  • Inpatients / psychology*
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires