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A feasibility study to evaluate a group intervention for people with cancer experiencing fatigue following treatment

Ream, E, Richardson, A and Evison, M (2005) A feasibility study to evaluate a group intervention for people with cancer experiencing fatigue following treatment Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 9 (3-4). pp. 178-187.

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Objectives: To develop and evaluate a pilot multi disciplinary education and support group programme for patients with fatigue post cancer treatment. Design: Mixed method feasibility study. Intervention: Programme comprised face-to-face nursing assessment followed by 3 support and information giving workshops. Workshops delivered large group support and small group discussion with therapists of participants' choice. Therapists included a clinical psychologist, nurse, dietician, physiotherapist and occupational therapist. Participants: Six subjects with breast cancer. Main outcome measures: The Brief Fatigue Inventory, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ C30. Participants completed these prior to, immediately after, and six weeks following, the programme. They also completed a programme evaluation by telephone. Results: Preliminary results indicate the programme provided information, support and management strategies for fatigue specifically, and living with cancer generally. Patients appreciated the opportunity to share their experiences whilst at the same time gaining particular help and advice for their own specific problems and concerns. Whilst not reducing the level of fatigue there was some evidence that impact on function was lessened. Conclusions: Whilst the number of participants was small, findings from this study are sufficiently encouraging to warrant continuing this service development and its evaluation. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Richardson, A
Evison, M
Date : 1 September 2005
DOI : 10.1016/j.cein.2006.08.004
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:35
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 19:38

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