One-year follow-up of the 'Starting Again' group rehabilitation programme for cancer patients

Eur J Cancer. 1994;30A(12):1744-51. doi: 10.1016/0959-8049(94)00330-8.


In a randomised prospective study, a brief structured rehabilitation programme, 'Starting Again', was evaluated over a follow-up year. 98 patients were assigned to the programme, and 101 to the control condition. The 11, 2-h sessions emphasised physical training, information and coping skills. Patients in the programme improved significantly more than the controls with respect to appraisal of having received sufficient information, physical training, physical strength and fighting spirit. Results indicate improvement with respect to the three areas focused on in the 'Starting Again' programme: physical training, information and coping skills training.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Body Image
  • Employment
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Neoplasms / rehabilitation*
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Physical Fitness
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Program Evaluation
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sick Leave