The feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a distance-based physical activity intervention for rural lung survivors
Recent reports indicate that less than 30% of lung cancer survivors report currently meeting physical activity guidelines and over 50% of survivors report being completely inactive. Given the potential benefits of physical activity, coupled with poor current participation rates, there is a clear need for interventions to increase physical activity levels for lung cancer survivors. While short-term supervised exercise interventions have shown some utility for improving physical functioning, fatigue, and QoL, the main reason for patient ineligibility in previous research in this population has been living too far from the intervention site. The purpose of this research is to investigate the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a distance-based intervention designed to increase physical activity levels for rural lung cancer survivors. Our primary aim is to determine the feasibility of our proposed intervention. Our secondary aim is to examine the preliminary efficacy of the intervention for improving physical activity levels and patient rated outcomes.