Accelerating translation of physical activity and cancer survivorship research into practice: Recommendations for a more integrated and collaborative approach

Siobhan M. Phillips*, Catherine M. Alfano, Frank M. Perna, Russell E. Glasgow

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Physical activity has been deemed safe and effective in reducing many negative side effects of treatment for cancer survivors and promoting better overall health. However, most of this research has focused on highly controlled randomized trials and little of this research has been translated into care or policy for survivors. The purpose of the present article is to present a research agenda for the field to accelerate the dissemination and implementation of empirically supported physical activity interventions into care.Weprovide rationale for the role of basic, behavioral, clinical implementation, and population scientists in moving this science forward and call for a more coordinated effort across different phases of research. In addition, we provide key strategies and examples for ongoing and future studies using the RE-AIM (reach, efficacy/effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance) framework and pose recommendations for collaborations between researchers and stakeholders to enhance the integration of this research into policy and practice. Overall, we recommend that physical activity and cancer survivorship research use additional study designs, include relevant stakeholders, and be more collaborative, integrated, contextual, and representative in terms of both setting and participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-699
Number of pages13
JournalCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Oncology

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