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Cancer-related fatigue: a review of nursing interventions

Kirshbaum, Marilynne (2010). Cancer-related fatigue: a review of nursing interventions. British Journal of Community Nursing,15(5):214-219.

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Title Cancer-related fatigue: a review of nursing interventions
Author Kirshbaum, Marilynne
Journal Name British Journal of Community Nursing
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 5
eISSN 2052-2215
Start Page 214
End Page 219
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Mark Allen Group
Field of Research MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
1110 - Nursing
Abstract Fatigue is a common and distressing symptom that is a concern for cancer patients, their families, carers and health professionals. Cancer-related fatigue is a multidimensional phenomenon that is self-perceived and includes physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural components. It can be unrelenting, disrupts daily life, fosters helplessness and may culminate in despair. The many causes of cancer-related fatigue stem from the disease itself, the cancer treatments and their side effects. The conclusion from a recent critical review of research evidence is that physical exercise and the treatment of underlying problems, such as anaemia or clinical depression, are effective interventions. However, a wide range of practical interventions and complementary therapies are likely to be helpful such as: acupressure and acupuncture, stress management and relaxation, energy conservation measures, anticipatory guidance and preparatory information, and attention-restoring activities. This article will provide a comprehensive review of current knowledge surrounding cancer-related fatigue and the nursing interventions that can be implemented in community practice.

Keywords Cancer-related fatigue
Fatigue
Exercise
Nursing interventions
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2010.15.5.47945   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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