S99| Volume 24, SUPPLEMENT 1, S13, November 2021

Bridging the gap between attitudes and action: Opportunities for the cancer care workforce to support exercise counselling and referral

      Background: The majority of the cancer care workforce have favourable attitudes and opinions of exercise for cancer patients, and report that exercise is safe and beneficial; nevertheless, insufficient time and uncertainty of what to recommend are reported as common barriers to discussing and/or counselling their patients about exercise. The limited research about cancer care clinician's communication with their patients about exercise suggests that a timely discussion about regular exercise can be reassuring, informative and motivational for patients. This study aimed to 1) understand the factors impacting the implementation for exercise communication and referral, and 2) explore and initiate co-ordinated and integrated clinical approaches to exercise communication and referral.
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