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Title: Study protocol: a pilot quasi-experimental trial of tele-rehabilitation and tele-drain care post-mastectomy
Authors: Asano, M 
Koh, GCH 
Madhukumar, P 
Teng, GYH
Liew, PLL
Nagalingam, S
Tan, MLM
Ng, YS 
Tan, BKT 
Keywords: Breast cancer
Pilot trial
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2021
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Citation: Asano, M, Koh, GCH, Madhukumar, P, Teng, GYH, Liew, PLL, Nagalingam, S, Tan, MLM, Ng, YS, Tan, BKT (2021-12-01). Study protocol: a pilot quasi-experimental trial of tele-rehabilitation and tele-drain care post-mastectomy. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 7 (1) : 39-. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: Breast cancer is the leading cancer affecting women in Singapore. Its survivors commonly experience decline in physical function and quality of life post-mastectomy, due to their upper limb morbidity and wound issues. Rehabilitation can address the aforementioned issues. When rehabilitation is accessible and easy to adhere, it can optimize recovery. Home-based tele-rehabilitation guided by healthcare professionals and self-managed by patients can potentially optimize the patients’ adherence to rehabilitation and recovery. With that in mind, a team of breast cancer specialists (oncologists, nurses, and therapists) in Singapore has developed one of the first tele-rehabilitation systems for local women undergoing a unilateral mastectomy. To our knowledge, no such systems have been evaluated or proven effective as a treatment option among local breast cancer patients with acute disabilities. Methods: This is a pilot quasi-experimental trial that aims to evaluate the feasibility of tele-rehabilitation and tele-drain care compared to usual care. Up to 40 patients (20 per group) will be recruited for this trial. They will be assigned to an intervention group that receives rehabilitation via a tele-rehabilitation system or a control group that receives rehabilitation in person at their clinic. The primary outcome of this trial is rehabilitation participation (i.e., the time spent on rehabilitation). The secondary outcomes are upper extremity functioning, perceived health, and quality of life. Discussion: As part of this pilot trial, patients who opt in for the tele-rehabilitation will be asked to share their experience with and thoughts on the tele-rehabilitation system. With the evidence obtained from the tele-rehabilitation patients of this trial, we will be able to improve the current system for our future trial. Further, our additional data on rehabilitation participation, physical function, and quality of life will help us design a sufficiently powered future main trial. Trial registration: The trial was approved by the National Healthcare Group’s Domain Specific Review Board (#2019/00283) and registered with (#NCT04269967) in February 2020.
Source Title: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
ISSN: 2055-5784
DOI: 10.1186/s40814-021-00776-5
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