Anika Petrella

Anika Petrella
University of Toronto | U of T · Exercise Science

PhD

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Background The aim was to determine how the learning about protective factors from previous pandemics was implemented and the impact of this on nurses’ experience. Methods Secondary data analysis of semistructured interview transcripts exploring the barriers and facilitators to changes implemented to support the surge of COVID-19 related admission...
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PurposeThe primary objective was to determine the feasibility of implementing the TrueNTH SHAReClinic as a pan-Canadian sexual health and rehabilitation intervention for patients treated for localized prostate cancer.Methods The feasibility study was designed to evaluate the accessibility and acceptability of the intervention. Participants from fiv...
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Aims The overall aim of this evaluation was to look at the impact of the changes in working practices during the pandemic on nurses. This secondary analysis provided an evaluation of virtual care and being able/required to work from home. Design This was secondary analysis of an evaluation using semi-structured interviews. Methods Conducted at a...
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Purpose Exercise and physical activity (hereafter, collectively referred to as PA) preferences and benefits are becoming increasingly well characterised in cancer survivors, yet evidence from adolescent and young adult cancer survivors (AYAs) is scant. We describe the overall PA behaviour and support preferences of AYAs and explore subgroup differe...
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Aims: The overall aim of this evaluation was to look at the impact of the changes in working practices during the pandemic on nurses. This secondary analysis provided an evaluation of virtual care and being able/required to work from home. Design: This was secondary analysis of an evaluation using semi-structured interviews. Methods: Conducted at a...
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Background The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically increased demands on healthcare workers (HCWs) leaving them vulnerable to acute psychological distress, burnout and post-traumatic stress. In response, supportive services in a central London hospital mobilised mental health support specifically for HCWs. Aims This rapid evaluation assessed HCW psyc...
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Aims: To determine how the learning about protective factors from previous pandemics were implemented and the impact of this on nurses experience. Background: The COVID-19 pandemic led to systemic change within healthcare settings and demands placed on frontline nurses has been overwhelming. Lessons learned from previous pandemics indicate that cle...
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Exploring tenets of basic psychological needs theory, the objective of this study was to examine the association between psychological needs satisfaction, exercise behavior, and physical and mental health among testicular cancer survivors. The present study investigated whether psychological needs satisfaction was directly associated with increased...
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Exercise is known to improve fatigue among adult cancer patients however there is limited understanding of this relationship in children, adolescents, and young adults (AYA) with cancer. The aim is to evaluate the effect of exercise on fatigue outcomes among children and AYA with cancer and to identify important parameters of exercise (frequency, i...
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Background: Many health professionals working with teenage and young adult cancer patients (TYA-HPs) do not provide advice on physical activity, dietary intake, smoking cessation, and alcohol consumption as part of routine cancer care. Objective: The aim of this study was to understand TYA-HPs' perspectives on the provision of health behavior ad...
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Background: Men with testicular cancer are an understudied subgroup of survivors due to a lack of engagement in supportive care research and usual care despite reporting unmet support care needs. The present study aimed to explore the survivorship experience of men with testicular cancer, as well as survivors' attitudes toward, and preferences for,...
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Background: The purpose of this study was to describe body image among young adult (YA) cancer survivors and examine relationships between body image and personal, medical, and psychosocial variables. Methods: YAs (n = 522; Mage = 34 ± 6 years) completed an online survey and data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, bivariate correlations,...
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Purpose To compare the psychological distress throughout several predefined disease time points in patients younger than 70 with small renal masses (SRMs) treated with either active surveillance (AS) or ablative/surgical therapy. Methods Using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System - revised (ESAS-r) questionnaire, we focused on psychological dist...
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Purpose: To evaluate the impact of a series of one-day events delivered by Trekstock, a cancer charity supporting young adults with cancer in the United Kingdom. Methods: Data on physical activity, mood, perceived support, self-efficacy, and confidence to be active were collected at three time points: before, after, and 2 weeks following the Meet...
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Objective: To assess age-based differences in psychological and physical symptoms of bladder cancer (BC) patients at different disease stages. Methods: This was a cross-sectional single-center retrospective study between 2014 and 2017, assessing BC patients at different time points of their disease trajectory, after completing the Edmonton Sympt...
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The development of evidence-based exercise guidelines for people with cancer represents a major achievement in research and provides direction to programming initiatives. The prevalence of sedentary cancer survivors and the risk posed by inactivity suggests a knowledge-to-action gap for which the evidence has not led to increased exercise levels in...
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Introduction: The present descriptive analysis carried out by a pan-Canadian panel of expert healthcare practitioners (HCPs) summarizes best practices for erectile rehabilitation following prostate cancer (PCa) treatment. This algorithm was designed to support an online sexual health and rehabilitation e-clinic (SHARe-Clinic), which provides biome...
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Purpose: The most prevalent intervention for localized prostate cancer (pca) is radical prostatectomy (rp), which has a 10-year relative survival rate of more than 90%. The improved survival rate has led to a focus on reducing the burden of treatment-related morbidity and improving the patient and partner survivorship experience. Post-rp sexual dy...
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In spite of well-documented benefits of physical activity (PA), most breast cancer survivors engage in low levels of PA when measured objectively, yet self-report higher PA levels. Understanding the accelerometer-assessed PA patterns that inform self-report assessments may have theoretical and practical implications. For example, is it PA on differ...
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Background: Exercise is an important therapy to improve well-being after a cancer diagnosis. Accordingly, cancer-exercise programs have been developed to enhance clinical care; however, few programs exist in Canada. Expansion of cancer-exercise programming depends on an understanding of the process of program implementation, as well as enablers an...
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Objective: As prostate-specific antigen (psa) makes prostate cancer (pca) screening more accessible, more men are being identified with conditions that indicate high risk for developing pca, such as elevated psa and high-grade intraepithelial neoplasia (hgpin). In the present study, we assessed psychological well-being and risk perception in indiv...

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