C Knowles, R O'Brien, J Ashcroft, A Mansfield, D O’Brien


  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging
  • General Medicine

Abstract Background Prehabilitation in clinical trials improves fitness, improves quality of life, reduces complications, and reduces hospital length of stay It is not standard of care in routine clinical practice. This prospective observational study reports the outcomes of a clinical AHP prehabilitation service for older people undergoing major cancer surgery. Methods The LUHFT Prehab service commenced in August 2017, patients prior to major abdominal surgery for cancer were eligible for referral, this was inclusive of 8 different surgical specialties. Referred patients were invited to attend a multi-disciplinary prehabilitation clinic inclusive of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and dietetic support. In a review of the past 12 months clinical frailty score was recorded at baseline and pre surgery. Patients were given individualised exercise, wellbeing, and nutrition plans, and provided with support via 121 or group based follow up. Where distance was a barrier, telephone clinics were undertaken. Results Over a 12-month period, 477 patients were referred over the age of 65, of these 436 underwent baseline frailty assessment. Of these 380 went on to have surgery with an average period of 40 days between initial prehab assessment and their elective admission. In these patients 50 scored 5 or above on the clinical frailty scale, 105 fell within the vulnerable category and 163 in managing well at baseline. Of those patients reassessed pre surgery 100% of patients with a frailty score of 5 or above either improved or maintained their score. Of those that scored a frailty score of 4, 94% either improved or maintained their score. Conclusion A prehabilitation service is feasible and improves frailty in the lead up to major abdominal elective surgery in a cohort that would otherwise be expected to decondition due to the nature of their disease. Prehabilitation should be part of standard care for older patients undergoing cancer surgery.

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