Description of performance and functional trajectory of acute oncology inpatients at a London tertiary centre.
Advances in cancer care and its treatment mean that people living with a cancer diagnosis are living longer but not necessarily living well. It is reported that cancer patients present with multifaceted symptom burden that often impacts on physical performance.
At present exemplar models of cancer rehabilitation exist across the UK along with tumour and symptoms rehabilitation guidance in the form of NCAT Rehabilitation Pathways (National Cancer Action Team, Macmillian Cancer Support 2013). Implementation of these rehabilitation pathways into the inpatient setting can be challenging due to the multifactorial nature and interplay of symptoms cancer patients present with and the resources available.
Our local study primarily aimed to understand the functional trajectory of our acute inpatient population in order to determine how the cancer rehabilitation of the acute population can be optimised in future proposed work.
Key study aims:
- To describe the acute inpatient oncology population
- To describe the performance and functional trajectory of the acute inpatient oncology population
- To feed into a wider project supported by fit for the future looking at “how do we optimise rehabilitation in acute oncology inpatients”