Methodological Considerations in the Treatment of Fatigue

Russell K. Portenoy and Eduardo Bruera

in Issues in Palliative Care Research

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195130652
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999842 | DOI:
Methodological Considerations in the Treatment of Fatigue

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Due to recent medical advances, the life expectancy of people with chronic medical illness has been increasing. Fatigue is a symptom commonly associated with medical illness and has a high prevalence in palliative care settings. Fatigue is multidimensional in clinical expression and manifest in physical, emotional, and cognitive impairments. Fatigue is one of the most prevalent symptoms reported by patients with cancer, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and multiple sclerosis. The presence of fatigue has been associated with functional limitations and impaired quality of life among chronically ill populations, including cancer and AIDS patients, and has been found to interfere with adherence to cancer treatment. This chapter holds that effective strategies for the clinical management of fatigue would reduce the overall symptom burden of many chronic illnesses.

Keywords: fatigue management; medical illness; AIDS; cancer; multiple sclerosis; life expectancy

Chapter.  5225 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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