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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2004;10(4):301-310.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2004.10.4.301   
Development of an Exercise Program for Postmastectomy Patient
Ja Hyung Lee, Jae Kyung Cho, Jina Oh, Sung Hee Kim, Hye Im Ahn
1College of Nursing Science, Ewha Womans University, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Inje University, Korea. ohjina@inje.ac.kr
3College of Human Movement and Performance, Ewha Womans University, Korea.
Abstract
PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to develop an exercise program for postmastectomy patients. METHOD: This study was conducted from October, 2003 to June, 2004. The exercise program was developed based on literature review and needs assessment using focus group interviews. The subjects for the focus group interview consisted of 11 patients, 13 recovering patients, and 20 nurses from 3 hospitals. Development of the program was proceeded with analysusm design and development steps. RESULT: The results of the needs assessment using the focus group interview showed that the exercise program was imperative for postmastectomy patients. Based on the results, a home video tape containing 3 steps, was developed. Each step includes warming-up, stretching, the main exercise, and cool-down. Steps 2 and 3 include exercises with an elastic band, and an elastic ball. The program was modified after conducting a pre-test. A self-checklist including shoulder mobility, hand strength, arm volume and subjective comments on how they feel will be used before and after the exercise program. CONCLUSION: The exercise program will improve breast cancer patients' quality of life and their physical well-being. Further studies are recommended to test the effectiveness of the exercise program.
Key Words: Exercise program; Postmastectomy patients


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