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April 16, 1982

Cancer Rehabilitation: An Analysis of 36 Program Approaches

JAMA. 1982;247(15):2127-2131. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320400039031

Information about comprehensive rehabilitation for patients with cancer is limited. Only a few descriptions of existing models are found in the literature. A survey questionnaire concerning the description and operation of cancer rehabilitation programs was developed and mailed to identified programs in 95 facilities throughout the country. Thirty-six facilities responded with data appropriate for analysis of their method of organization, treatment approaches, team composition, program emphasis, evaluation procedures, and program results. A literature and survey analysis provide support for an interdisciplinary team approach for rehabilitation of cancer patients disabled by the disease or its treatment. In addition, the survey shows favorable acceptance and success of cancer rehabilitation programs, especially in community hospital settings.

(JAMA 1982;247:2127-2131)