Exploring the Use of Two Brief Fatigue Screening Tools in Cancer Outpatient Clinics
Elizabeth J Pearson, Allison Drosdowsky, Lara Edbrooke, Linda Denehy
INTEGRATIVE CANCER THERAPIES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2021
PURPOSE: Cancer fatigue guidelines recommend routine fatigue screening, with further assessment for people reporting moderate to severe fatigue. There is neither a gold-standard, nor a broadly accepted screening method, and knowledge about the impact of screening on care processes is limited. This study aimed to explore the feasibility of 2 fatigue screening methods and current clinical practice in cancer outpatient clinics. METHODS: Hospital outpatients attending cancer clinics during 1 week completed a five-item survey: a numeric scale for current tiredness, 2 categorical pictorial scales rating tiredness last week and the impact of fatigue (Fatigue Pictogram), screening tool preference an..View full abstract
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was funded by a Victorian Cancer Agency Fellowship to Dr Pearson.