Development of a pre- and postoperative physical activity promotion program integrated in the electronic health system of patients with bladder cancer (The POPEYE study): An intervention mapping approach

Elke Rammant, Benedicte Deforche, Ann Van Hecke, Sofie Verhaeghe, Barbara Van Ruymbeke, Renée Bultijnck, Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Louis Fox, Ronny Pieters, Karel Decaestecker, Valérie Fonteyne

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Uptake of sufficient physical activity before and after radical cystectomy is important to improve physical and psychosocial outcomes in bladder cancer (BC) patients.

METHODS: In this paper, we describe the development of an evidence-based and theory-informed intervention, guided by the steps of the Intervention Mapping approach, to promote physical activity before and after radical cystectomy in patients with BC.

RESULTS: The intervention is a home-based physical activity program. The preoperative timeframe of the intervention is 4 or 12 weeks, depending on administration of neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Postoperatively, the intervention will last for 12 weeks. The intervention consists of a digital oncological platform (DOP), several consultations with healthcare professionals, personal booklet and follow-up phone calls. DOP includes information, diaries, visual representation of progress, mailbox, videos of peers and treating physician explaining the benefits of physical activity, photo material of exercises and a walking program with an activity tracker. Individual goals will be set and will be self-monitored by the patient through DOP. Patients will receive alerts and regular feedback.

CONCLUSIONS: Intervention Mapping ensures transparency of all intervention components and offers a useful approach for the development of behaviour change interventions for cancer patients and for translation of theories into practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e13363
JournalEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • behaviour change
  • bladder cancer
  • e-Health
  • home-based
  • intervention development
  • physical activity
  • prehabilitation

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