Session Time: 11:15am-12:45pm
Location: Research Hub - Kiosk 8
Disclosures: David T. Harvey, MD FRCP: Nothing to disclose
Objective: To determine whether a full assessment by an expert physiatrist would result in reduced pain and improved symptoms compared to those who did not receive this assessment and recommendations.
Design: Case control
Setting: Academic teaching center Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton Ontario, McMaster University.
Participants: Cancer survivors referred to an outpatient oncology rehabilitation clinic from oncologists in a regional cancer institute.
Interventions: Consultation and recommendations from expert physiatrists and nurse practitioner.
Main Outcome Measures: Edmonton Symptom Assessment Score (ESAS) Brief Pain Inventory (WHO).
Results: Assessment and recommendations from an expert physiatrist results in reduced pain and improvement in symptoms in comparison to those who did not receive this assessment. Those referred to a community based exercise program supervised by an expert nurse practitioner and physiotherapist showed improvement in symptoms and reported high levels of satisfaction with the program.
Conclusions: Consultation with cancer rehabilitation experts may result in reduced pain and improved symptoms.
Level of Evidence: Level III
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Harvey DT. The Efficacy of Outpatient Physiatrist Consultation in Cancer Survivors [abstract]. PM R. 2019; 11(S2)(suppl 2). https://pmrjabstracts.org/abstract/the-efficacy-of-outpatient-physiatrist-consultation-in-cancer-survivors/. Accessed September 24, 2023.
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