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Complement Ther Clin Pract ; 45: 101490, 2021 Oct 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34638053

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: This study aimed to identify the research evidence on acupoint stimulation (AS) for cancer-related fatigue (CRF) management. METHODS: Randomised controlled trials that utilised AS for CRF management were retrieved. The Cochrane Back Review Group Risk of Bias Tool was used for quality appraisal. RevMan 5.3 was used for meta-analysis. RESULTS: Fifteen studies were included. Both the overall (SMD = -0.95, p = 0.008) and sub-group (acupuncture: SMD = -1.25, p = 0.002; short-term AS: SMD = -0.95, p = 0.02; medium-term AS: SMD = -0.96, p = 0.003) analyses indicated that AS was more effective in alleviating CRF than standard treatment/care. A comparison between the true and sham AS interventions favoured the true AS for CRF management, although the difference did not reach statistical significance. CONCLUSION: This study identified a promising role of AS in improving CRF. However, the study findings should be interpreted prudently due to the limited quality and sample sizes of some of the included studies.

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BMJ Open ; 11(8): e048115, 2021 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34408044

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INTRODUCTION: The fatigue-sleep disturbance-depression symptom cluster (FSDSC) is one of the most common and debilitating side effects in patients with breast cancer (BC) throughout their treatment trajectory. Tai chi has been supported as a promising non-pharmacological intervention for the individual symptom relief of cancer-related fatigue, sleep disturbance and depression. However, relevant evidence of using tai chi for FSDSC management in patients with BC has been lacking. METHODS: This study will be a two-arm, single-blinded pilot randomised controlled trial involving an 8-week intervention and a 4-week follow-up. Seventy-two patients with BC experiencing the FSDSC will be recruited from two tertiary medical centres in China. The participants will be randomised to either a tai chi group (n=36) or a control group (n=36). The participants in the tai chi group will receive an 8-week tai chi intervention in addition to standard care, while the participants in the control group will receive standard care only consisting of a booklet on the self-management of cancer symptoms. The primary outcomes will include a series of feasibility assessments of the study protocol in relation to the study's methodological procedures, including subject recruitment and follow-up process, completion of study questionnaires and the feasibility, acceptability and safety of the intervention. The secondary outcomes will be the clinical outcomes regarding the effects of tai chi on the FSDSC and quality of life, which will be evaluated by the Brief Fatigue Inventory, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast questionnaires. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: Ethics approval was obtained from relevant sites (H19094, KY2019133, 201932). The findings of the study will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and at conferences. TRAIL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT04190342; Pre-results.


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Neoplasias da Mama , Tai Ji , Neoplasias da Mama/complicações , Neoplasias da Mama/terapia , Depressão/terapia , Fadiga/etiologia , Fadiga/terapia , Estudos de Viabilidade , Feminino , Humanos , Qualidade de Vida , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto , Sono , Síndrome
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BMC Palliat Care ; 20(1): 83, 2021 Jun 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34098905

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BACKGROUND: Studies in the West have demonstrated that appropriate informational support is a vital component of cancer care, with positive effects on both patients and their informal caregivers. Since little is known about the information needs of advanced cancer patients and informal caregivers in China, where 'silence as virtue' is much more valued and the communication style is less open, this study was therefore conducted to elaborate the information needs of advanced cancer patients and informal caregivers as well as to explore their perceptions and experiences regarding their unmet information needs in the Chinese context. METHODS: This sub-study of a previous cross-sectional survey utilized a qualitative descriptive study design. The approach involved semi-structured interviews that followed an interview guide to collect data. Eligible participants were the advanced cancer patients and informal caregivers who had participated in the previous cross-sectional survey and reported unmet information needs. Each interview was audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Descriptive content analysis was used to analyze the data. RESULTS: Seventeen advanced cancer patients and 15 informal caregivers with unmet information needs participated in the semi-structured interviews, with ages ranging from 32 to 63 years old for patients and from 32 to 70 for informal caregivers. Four categories were extracted from the interviews with the patients and caregivers: (1) types of unmet information needs; (2) reasons for information needs not being met; (3) preferences for the provision of information; and (4) meaning and role of information. Each category had two to four sub-categories for both the patients and the caregivers, which were similar but not completely the same. CONCLUSION: The findings indicated that the provision of appropriate information could promote informed decision-making and greater satisfaction with treatment options, reductions in psychological disturbances, and enhanced confidence and ability in self-management and capacity in caregiving. Moreover, information on Traditional Chinese Medicine and food therapy should be increased, particularly for patients at the follow-up stage, while the amount of information on prognosis should be flexible as it could increase patients' and caregivers' psychological burden. Healthcare professionals were the most preferred information provider, although their heavy workload resulted in time constraints. In this case, they should provide information to patients and caregivers together as a 'whole unit.' At the same time, the value of separate conversations should also be recognized as some caregivers preferred to conceal unpleasant information from the patient.

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