Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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Funding Acknowledgements

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.