2061. Energy for Living with Cancer: A Cancer Rehabilitation Group Intervention Study. Pilot  Findings
S Holley, VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, James A. Haley VAMC, D Borger, University Community Hospital, Tampa, FL

Objectives: To evaluate the acceptability and efficacy of a rehabilitation group intervention for persons with cancer experiencing cancer related fatigue (CRF), and examine the effects of the program on CRF distress, quality of life (QOL), and depression.

Methods: After informed consent, participants completed the Cancer Related Fatigue Distress Scale, the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression, the Functional Living Index-Cancer, and a demographic information form. The intervention is eight, weekly, 90-minute sessions consisting of educational and sharing components. At the eighth session, participants are asked to complete the three instruments plus a program evaluation. Main Research Variables: CRF distress, depression and QOL.

Results: Twenty participants have completed the program in four different groups. The preliminary mean age was 63.6 (38-86). These participants had 6 different types of cancers and 15 patients were receiving some form of cancer therapy during their participation in the program. Preliminary results indicate that the program provided information, support, and management strategies for CRF. The mean for the program evaluations over-all was 9.8 (0-10 scale, range 9-10). Statistically significant differences (p = < .000) were found for pre and post test fatigue distress and quality of life scores.

Conclusions: Preliminary findings indicate that this intervention is appropriate and beneficial for cancer patients experiencing fatigue, even for those patients who are very debilitated. This intervention program needs further testing a in randomized clinical trial to further assess its efficacy for improved safety.

Impact: This rehabilitation program has the potential to assist persons with cancer to safely manage the sequelae of their illness and treatments.