NURS FPX 6011 Assessment 3 Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Exercise Among CancerSurvivors

Hello, my name is Gloria. Cancer represents a major health challenge worldwide, known for its widespread impact and often grim survival prospects. It is frequently detected in its later stages, necessitating aggressive interventions like chemotherapy and radiation for patient survival. According to a recent report by the American Cancer Society, there has been a significant decrease in cancer mortality rates in the United States, with a 29% drop from 1991 to 2017 (Siegel et al., 2019). On a global scale, around 19.3 million new cases of cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers) and nearly 10 million cancer-related deaths were reported in 2020 (Hanahan, 2022).

The term “cancer” covers a wide array of diseases, each with its own set of symptoms, treatments, and prognoses. It impacts not just the physical health of individuals but also their emotional and social well-being, from the moment of diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Thankfully, advancements in cancer research, preventive measures, diagnostic tools, and therapeutic options have led to significant improvements in the outlook for many cancer patients. However, ongoing research, early diagnosis, effective treatments, and strong support networks remain essential to further advance cancer prevention and care. This poster presentation is designed to narrow the gap between research findings and clinical application, offering healthcare professionals access to research-based insights.

PICOT Question

For cancer survivors, lifestyle changes are crucial for maintaining a cancer-free life. This PICOT
question explores the impact of exercise programs on the quality of life of cancer survivors
compared to standard care or non-exercise programs within a 6-month intervention period.

Action Plan

Exercise plays a vital role in fostering positive life changes. A six-month program, involving
walking and low-paced exercises, aims to empower recently cancer-free individuals. Research
indicates exercise significantly benefits cancer survivors, improving overall well-being.

Need Assessment

Conducting a need assessment, including focus groups, surveys, and professional
consultations helps identify specific exercise needs and preferences of cancer survivors.

Review Evidenc

A thorough literature review is essential to understand best practices, supporting the
incorporation of exercise in cancer survivor care.

Recommendation for Practice Change

Based on the needs assessment, specific person-oriented practice changes, such as
guidelines, protocols, frequency, intensity, duration, and type of exercise, are developed.

Creating a Timeline

Developing an intervention plan with an estimated timeline helps specify milestones and
deadlines for each step.

Identify Practice Changes

Implement practice changes according to the timeline, utilizing identified tools and resources.

Identify Tools and Resources

This involves providing educational materials, exercise equipment, and funding for program
development and implementation.

Evaluation of Impact

Evaluate the impact of practice changes on cancer survivors’ health outcomes and quality of life,
collecting data on exercise participation, physical function, and relevant outcomes.

Stakeholders and Potential Barriers

Stakeholders include survivors, healthcare providers, hospitals, certified professionals, and
researchers. Potential barriers include lack of information, limited access, financial constraints,
and physical limitations.

Outcome Assessment

Evaluate outcomes through participation rates, physical functioning, quality of life, and
cancer-related outcomes.

Value and Relevance

Evidence strongly supports the need for incorporating exercise into cancer survivor care,
offering numerous benefits in physical function, quality of life, and cancer-related outcomes

Conclusion NURS FPX 6011 Assessment 3 Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

Exercise is beneficial for cancer survivors, improving health and outcomes. An evidence-based
practice project involving a needs assessment, literature review, practice change
recommendations, and evaluation is essential. Various stakeholders may participate, while
barriers need addressing for successful implementation.

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