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Synergy Between Licensed Rehabilitation Professionals and Clinical Exercise Physiologists: Optimizing Patient Care for Cancer Rehabilitation

Coletta, Adriana M.; Campbell, Anna; Morris, G. Stephen; Schmitz, Kathryn H.


Adriana M. Coletta

G. Stephen Morris

Kathryn H. Schmitz


Objectives: To differentiate between rehabilitation and exercise training and propose how rehabilitation professionals and exercise physiologists can collaborate to optimize cancer survivor care.
Data Source: Professional organizations and peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Conclusion: Both professions offer complementary skillsets that, when integrated, optimize the ability of the cancer care team to implement more effective survivorship care plans. Future models of care must incorporate efficient communications between the cancer rehabilitation program and oncology team, include various reimbursement/payment/funding options, and continuously assess program efficacy.
Implications for Nursing Practice: Nurses must be cognizant of physical needs (ie, functional and conditioning status) and cancer-related comorbidities when referring cancer survivors for exercise reconditioning.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jan 30, 2020
Publication Date 2020-02
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 31, 2021
Journal Seminars in Oncology Nursing
Print ISSN 0749-2081
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 1
Article Number 150975
Keywords Exercise; Rehabilitation; Cancer; Exercise physiologist; Physical therapy
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