Alberta Cancer Exercise Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study

2016-12-06 16:53:21 | BioPortfolio


The primary purpose of this proposed 5-year hybrid effectiveness and implementation study is to evaluate the relative benefit from, and implementation of an Alberta wide clinic-to-community-based cancer and exercise model of care - the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Program. We hypothesize that our strategy will improve the physical well-being and QoL of survivors (on and off cancer treatment) while preventing the development of secondary cancers.


A total of 1000 adult cancer survivors will be enrolled in the 5-year study. We will build capacity by expanding ACE training and programming to sites beyond the large urban centers. We plan for implementation in 7 Alberta YMCAs and/or City Recreation facilities within 3 years, as well as to formally establish partnerships within AHS to build further capacity across the province within existing AHS programming (e.g., CancerControl Rehab Services, Alberta Healthy Living Program and Primary Care Network).

Eligible and consenting participants will be screened for exercise safety, and following fitness testing will be triaged to appropriate exercise programming in their community. The exercise intervention will take place at YMCAs and municipal fitness centres across the province. The community-based exercise program will be administered by exercise specialists who have undergone the ACE Cancer and Exercise: Training for Fitness Professionals course. Survivors will take part in a combination of aerobic, resistance, balance, and flexibility exercises delivered in a circuit-type class setting or group personal training format, twice weekly for a 12-week period.

Effectiveness outcomes include physical fitness, physical activity, quality of life, and healthcare utilization. These outcomes are known factors associated with the secondary prevention of cancer. The RE-AIM framework will be used to evaluate program reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation and maintenance. The Alberta Quality Matrix for Health will serve as a framework to inform program sustainability beyond the funding period. Through this research, we will better understand the effectiveness of the ACE program, and evaluate processes to support future implementation and sustainability.

Study Design

Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care






University of Calgary/ Tom Baker Cancer Centre
T2N 1N4


Not yet recruiting


University of Alberta

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-12-06T16:53:21-0500

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