Faisabilité de l'implantation de services de physiothérapie pour les personnes atteintes d'un cancer à la Clinique universitaire de physiothérapie de l'UQAC

Authors: Dubois, Maryane
Advisor: Dufresne, Sébastien S.; Silva, Rubens Alexandre da
Abstract: Physiotherapy is known to improve the functioning of people with cancer or cancer survivors. However, access to physiotherapy services is very limited in the province of Quebec, particularly in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. The addition of a Personalized Physiotherapy Program (PPP) for this clientele to the current offer of free services from the UQAC university physiotherapy clinic (CUpht) could improve this access. However, the feasibility of implementing this program is unknown. The objective of this master is to verify if the implementation of a PPP is feasible in a remote region of Quebec with an aging population. To do so, a pre-post study was conducted using Bowen's framework to measure the feasibility of a 10-week personalized physiotherapy program. Feasibility outcomes focused on demand, acceptability, implementation, practicality, and limited effectiveness. The PPP was 10 weeks in duration (1-2x/week), and aimed, through measurable goals, to reduce impairments via standard physical therapy modalities. Exploratory analyses of the effectiveness of PPP were completed by calculating minimum detectable differences and 95% confidence intervals for pain, fatigue, perceived quality of life, mobility, limb circumference, joint assessment, manual muscular assessment, grip strength, walking distance and gait cycle quality. Three people out of four completed the study. The primary reason for discontinuation of the study was related to COVID-19 restrictions. Compliance for procedures performed under supervision was 100% and 64.6% for those performed at home. The absenteeism rate was 5,7%. At the end of the PPP, significant improvement was observed in pain, functional capacity, muscle strength and walking distance. No adverse effects were reported. In addition to the challenges imposed by the pandemic, the barriers to implementation were organizational. A physiotherapy program offered to oncology clients at CUpht is safe, feasible and could help improve their physical health during medical treatment.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2022
Open Access Date: 2 May 2022
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/73289
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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