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Impact of prehabilitation on objectively measured physical activity levels in elective surgery patients: a systematic review

Wagnild, Janelle M and Akowuah, Enoch and Maier, Rebecca H and Hancock, Helen C and Kasim, Adetayo (2021) 'Impact of prehabilitation on objectively measured physical activity levels in elective surgery patients: a systematic review.', BMJ Open, 11 (9). e049202.


Objective: To systematically review the impact of prehabilitation on objectively measured physical activity (PA) levels in elective surgery patients. Data sources: Articles published in Web of Science Core Collections, PubMed, Embase (Ovid), CINAHL (EBSCOHost), PsycInfo (EBSCOHost) and CENTRAL through August 2020. Study selection: Studies that met the following criteria: (1) written in English, (2) quantitatively described the effect(s) of a PA intervention among elective surgery patients prior to surgery and (3) used and reported objective measures of PA in the study. Data extraction and synthesis: Participant characteristics, intervention details, PA measurement, and clinical and health-related outcomes were extracted. Risk of bias was assessed following the revised Cochrane risk of bias tool. Meta-analysis was not possible due to heterogeneity, therefore narrative synthesis was used. Results: 6533 unique articles were identified in the search; 21 articles (based on 15 trials) were included in the review. There was little evidence to suggest that prehabilitation is associated with increases in objectively measured PA, but this may be due to insufficient statistical power as most (n=8) trials included in the review were small feasibility/pilot studies. Where studies tested associations between objectively measured PA during the intervention period and health-related outcomes, significant beneficial associations were reported. Limitations in the evidence base precluded any assessment via meta-regression of the association between objectively measured PA and clinical or health-related outcomes. Conclusions: Additional large-scale studies are needed, with clear and consistent reporting of objective measures including accelerometry variables and outcome variables, to improve our understanding of the impact of changes in PA prior to surgery on surgical and health-related outcomes.

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Date accepted:18 August 2021
Date deposited:28 October 2021
Date of first online publication:07 September 2021
Date first made open access:28 October 2021

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