Evaluation of consultation-based rehabilitation for hospitalized cancer patients with functional impairment

Steven R. Sabers, Janine E. Kokal, Jean C. Girardi, Cherie L. Falk Philpott, Jeffrey R. Basford, Terry M. Therneau, Kenley D. Schmidt, Gail L. Gamble

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Objective: To evaluate prospectively the effect of consultation-based interdisciplinary rehabilitation in hospitalized cancer patients. Patients and Methods: Three hundred forty-one hospitalized patients with cancer were referred to the Cancer Adaptation Team (interdisciplinary rehabilitation services) over an 8-month period. Functional status at enrollment and dismissal was evaluated with a Barthel Mobility Index and Karnofsky Performance Status scale. Quality-of-life parameters were evaluated with specifically designed questionnaires. Results: Two hundred ninety patients met the inclusion criteria. One hundred eighty-nine survived and completed the study. Significant functional improvement was observed between enrollment and dismissal on both functional indexes (P≤.001). Quality-of-life questionnaires, while limited by low completion rate, showed significant improvement on multiple parameters. Conclusion: Significant functional gains were observed in hospitalized cancer patients who received interdisciplinary rehabilitation services on a consultation basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-861
Number of pages7
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1999

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  • Medicine(all)


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