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Physical Activity and Quality of Life of Healthy Children and Patients with Hematological Cancers

Department of Rehabilitation in Internal Medicine, Faculty of Physiotherapy, University School of Physical Education, 51-612 Wroclaw, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2776; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152776
Received: 13 June 2019 / Revised: 13 July 2019 / Accepted: 1 August 2019 / Published: 3 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Community Child Health)
The aim was to assess the level of physical activity and the quality of life of children undergoing cancer treatment, during and after the completion of the treatment. Eighty-eight children aged 11–15 were enrolled. Three groups of children were assessed, i.e., children undergoing cancer treatment (n = 30), children after cancer treatment (n = 28), and healthy children (n = 30). The level of physical activity in children was assessed using the questions from the Health Behavior in School-Aged Children (HBSC) questionnaire. The assessment of children’s quality of life was conducted using the KIDSCREEN-10 Index. The chi-square test was used to assess the statistical significance of the differences in the results between the study groups in the case of both HBSC and KIDSCREEN-10 questionnaires. Children undergoing cancer treatment did not perform any physical activity of at least 60 min (in total) per day, during the week. Therefore, they did not meet the recommendations related to the appropriate level of daily physical activity (Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity; MVPA). Children after cancer treatment and healthy children significantly more frequently undertook physical activity. The quality of life of children with cancer is significantly lower and different from the quality of life of healthy children. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity level; quality of life; child health; cancer physical activity level; quality of life; child health; cancer
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Kowaluk, A.; Woźniewski, M.; Malicka, I. Physical Activity and Quality of Life of Healthy Children and Patients with Hematological Cancers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2776.

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