Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

IMPACT OF APPLIED PROGRESSIVE DEEP MUSCLE RELAXATION TRAINING ON THE HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG PROSTATE CANCER PATIENTS – A QUASI EXPERIMENTAL TRIAL

Author

Mohamad Rodi Isa 1,2 , Moy Fong Ming 2 , Azad Hassan Abdul Razack 3 , Zulkifli Md Zainuddin 4 , Nor Zuraida Zainal 5

Institution

1. Population Health & Preventive Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA
2. Julius Centre University of Malaya, Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
3. Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
4. Department of Surgery, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC)
5. Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya

Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of applied progressive muscle relaxation training on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among prostate cancer patients.

Methods: A quasi-experimental study was conducted at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) over eighteen months. Prostate cancer patients from UMMC received intervention on how to improve quality of life through applied progressive muscle relaxation training and patients from UKMMC received only routine counseling on quality of life (control group). The general quality of life was measured using the Short Form-36 (SF-36). Repeated measure analysis was used in the analysis.

Results: A total of 77 patients in the intervention group and 78 patients in the control group were recruited. Their median (IQR) duration life in cancer was 2.84 (3.73) years. There was significant difference in the score of mental coefficient summary for the intervention group (mean diff: 7.47, 95%CI: 5.44, 9.50) and total quality of life (mean diff: 1.52, 95%CI: 0.50, 2.53). However, there was no significant difference for the physical coefficient summary.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest beneficial effect of applied progressive muscle relaxation training on patients’ mental health but not on physical health or overall quality of life among prostate cancer patients.