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Table 3 Modulating factors for future study designs

From: Implementing a home-based exercise program for patients with advanced, incurable diseases after discharge and their caregivers: lessons we have learned

Category Modulating factors
Patients Clinician-estimated life expectancy ECOG Dyspnea In-versus outpatients If inpatients: involvement of one or more wards Amount of exercise experience
Intervention Variable exercises: ensure similar RPE Lying, sitting or standing exercises Duration period Length of an exercise Exercises per week
Supportive means Phone calls Diary Manual Supervision by exercise professional/physiotherapist Material: elastic bands etc. Instruction video Cooperation of staff in another facility (e.g. hospice) Inclusion of caregiver
  1. ECOG Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group