Physical Behavior Profiles in Chronic Cancer-Related Fatigue

M. D.J. Wolvers, J.B.J Bussmann, Fieke Zoë Everts, S. T. Boerema, R. van der Schoot, M. M.R. Vollenbroek-Hutten

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    Abstract

    Purpose: Increasing physical activity level is a generally effective intervention goal for patients who suffer from chronic cancer-related fatigue (CCRF). However, patients are unlikely to benefit equally from these interventions, as their behavioral starting points might vary substantially. Therefore, we explored patterns of physical behavior of participants who suffer from CCRF.; Methods: Baseline data of a randomized controlled trial were used for a latent profile analysis on nine accelerometer-derived physical behavior measures, describing levels and patterns of physical activity, moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA), and sedentary behavior. The relation between participant characteristics and the latent profiles was analyzed.; Results: Accelerometer data of 172 participants from the Netherlands was analyzed. Three latent profiles were distinguished that differed most on physical activity level and total time spent in MVPA. Eighty-eight percent of all participants were assigned to a profile with a probability higher than 8. Age and perceiving limitations by comorbid conditions and pain were significant covariates of profile membership.; Conclusions: We distinguished three physical behavior profiles. The differences between the patterns indicate that the heterogeneity of this sample requires patients to have substantially different treatment goals. Further research should test the applicability of these profiles in clinical practice.;
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)30-37
    Number of pages8
    JournalInternational journal of behavioral medicine
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

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    Keywords

    • Accelerometry
    • Cancer
    • Fatigue
    • Latent profiles analysis
    • Oncology
    • Physical behavior

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