Implementation and evaluation of a physical activity counselling programme in primary care among cancer survivors: SoDA study protocol

Famke Huizinga*, Nico-Derk Lodewijk Westerink, Annette J Berendsen, Annemiek M E Walenkamp, Mathieu H G de Greef, Geertruida H de Bock, Marjolein Y Berger, Daan Brandenbarg

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INTRODUCTION: Physical activity (PA) favourably affects various health outcomes in cancer survivors, but little is known about how to implement a PA programme in primary care. We therefore aim to implement and evaluate such a programme for cancer survivors in general practice.

METHODS AND ANALYSES: The Stimulation of Daily Activity study is an implementation study with a single-arm longitudinal design in 15 Dutch general practices. Patients aged ≥18 years who finished cancer treatment more than 6 months ago will be eligible for inclusion. The intervention will comprise six coaching sessions with the practice nurse in 9 months, seeking to increase PA in daily activities and using an activity tracker for goal setting and feedback. The Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation and Maintenance framework will be used to evaluate implementation in terms of the health outcomes, extent of implementation and barriers and facilitators to implementation, using a mixed methods approach. Descriptive analyses and linear mixed model analyses will be performed on the quantitative data, while qualitative data from focus groups and interviews will be analysed by thematic analyses.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: The Medical Research Ethics Committee of the University Medical Centre Groningen, the Netherlands, concluded that this study was not subject to the Dutch Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act (registration number: 201900586). The study results will be made available to patients and general practitioners via (inter)national publications and conferences, newsletters, public summaries and via (social) media.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere060098
Number of pages8
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number3
Early online date2-Mar-2022
Publication statusPublished - 2-Mar-2022


  • oncology
  • primary care
  • organisation of health services
  • COPD

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