Occupational Therapy for Cancer Patients: A Randomised Controlled Study
Cancer patients often experience serious dysfunctions leading to problems with activities of
daily living (ADL) and reduced quality of life. Occupational therapy is believed to be
effective in handling many of the problems with ADL experienced by patients with cancer, but
the evidence is sparse.
The purpose of this study is to analyse the effects of an occupational therapy intervention
targeting cancer patients.
Outcome measures are the patients self-reported quality of life and the patients ability to
Randomised controlled trial with 288 patients with cancer treated at Naestved hospital in
Denmark. Occupational therapy intervention programme for the intervention group (N=144) and
standard treatment and care for the controls (N=144).
A systematic review including studies of ADL intervention for cancer patients will be
carried out. Feasibility of the recruitment and the intervention will be analysed and
The patients need for occupational therapy will be analysed using baseline information from
the randomised controlled trial.
The effects of the intervention will be analysed using patient validated questionnaires
including EORTC QLQ-C30 and the ADL taxonomy questionnaire.
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Health related quality of life
Dorte Gilsaa Hansen, Ph.D, M.D.
Research Unit of General Practice, IST, University of Southern Denmark
Denmark: The Danish Data Protection Agency
RCT Occup Cancer