This study will investigate the effect of self-directed physical activity and motivational interviewing on quality of life, psychological health and immune outcomes in female breast cancer survivors.
Who is it for?
You may be eligible to join this study if you are aged 18 and above, have been diagnosed with breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ within 3 years and are at least 6 months post-active treatment.
Participants in this study are randomly allocated (by chance) to one of two groups. Participants in both groups will be administered 2 components of the intervention: a self-directed physical activity component (supplied with a step count tracker) and a motivational interviewing component. The self-directed physical activity component involves one supervised session by an exercise physiologist at the first week and independent physical activity at home or community using a step tracker throughout 24 weeks. The supervised session will be last 30 minutes for the application of step tracker and jogging or walking at moderate intensity exertion (at their perception of taking some effort but can talk during physical activity).
The motivational interviewing components involve a combination of face-to-face and phone calls during self-directed physical activity. The timing of the motivational interviewing component will be randomly allocated to the first 12 weeks or the last 12 weeks.
The study hopes to see the benefits of self-directed physical activity combined with motivational interviewing on the improvement of psychological well-being, quality of life and immune outcomes in female breast cancer survivors. If successful, it is hoped this program implementation could be rolled out more widely at a low cost in the future in female breast cancer survivors.
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