Telerehabilitation aids function, pain with advanced cancer

Telerehabilitation aids function, pain with advanced cancer

(HealthDay)—Collaborative telerehabilitation modestly improves function and pain while decreasing hospital length of stay and the need for postacute care in advanced cancer patients, according to a study published online April 4 in JAMA Oncology.

Andrea L. Cheville, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues evaluated whether collaborative telerehabilitation and pharmacological improve function, lessen pain, and reduce requirements for inpatient care among 516 patients with advanced-stage cancer. Participants were randomly assigned to the control arm, the telerehabilitation arm, or the telerehabilitation with pharmacological pain management arm.

The researchers found that the telerehabilitation-only group had improved function and quality of life compared with the . Both the telerehabilitation arm (arm 2) and the telerehabilitation with pharmacological management arm (arm 3) had reduced pain interference and average intensity. Telerehabilitation was associated with higher odds of home discharge (arm 2, odds ratio, 4.3; arm 3, odds ratio, 3.8). Patients in telerehabilitation arm 2 spent fewer days in the hospital.

"Collaborative telerehabilitation that integrates impairment and management may be considered a viable component of comprehensive cancer care for with advanced-stage cancer experiencing mild disability," the authors write.

Explore further

Telerehabilitation benefits patients with late-stage cancers

More information: Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)
Journal information: JAMA Oncology

Copyright © 2019 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Telerehabilitation aids function, pain with advanced cancer (2019, April 26) retrieved 18 January 2021 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors

User comments