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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-23

Selection of outcome measures in oncology telerehabilitation in post-COVID times: A systematic review

Department of Oncology Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Renu B Pattanshetty
Department of Oncology Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi - 590 010, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_85_22

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The aim of the study is to emphasize the choice of appropriate outcome measures in oncology telerehabilitation during post-COVID times from December 2019 to January 2022. This systematic review was carried out on the studies published in the English literature retrieved from electronic databases (PubMed, Google Scholar, CINAHL, Pedro, and COCHRANE). Manual search was done on the reference list of the studies included. Studies were selected according to the inclusion criteria assessed through PEDro Rating Scale. Eleven studies were reviewed for the risk of bias. Clinical outcome measures were significantly improved after giving intervention through telerehabilitation services. There was increased in functional exercise capacity, decrease in anxiety score, and improvement in quality of life (QOL) in cancer patients. The outcome measures are vital tools in evaluating cancer patients. This systematic review advocates the used of 6 min walk, timed up and go, and timed stair test to evaluate functional exercise capacity. Hospital anxiety and depression and generalized anxiety disorder scales for anxiety and depression, cancer related fatigue scale, European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer QOL, and functional assessment of cancer therapy scales for QOL as a outcome measures in oncology telerehabilitation. This systematic review provides a comprehensive view regarding the choice of outcome measures used in oncology telerehabilitation.

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