Do nursing interventions targeting concurrent symptoms hold promise for managing fatigue in patients with advanced cancer?
Chan, Raymond (2013) Do nursing interventions targeting concurrent symptoms hold promise for managing fatigue in patients with advanced cancer? Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32(8), pp. 853-854.
TO THE EDITOR:
It was with great interest that I read two recent articles by de Raaf et al1, and Bruera et al2. These authors are to be congratulated for completing two of the very few high quality randomized trials that evaluate complex interventions for managing fatigue in patients with advanced cancer. de Raaf et al conducted a non-blinded RCT with 152 patients with advanced cancer and reported significant reduction of fatigue in patients who received a nurse-led monitoring and protocol-guided treatment of physical symptoms compared with those who received usual care1. Patients who received this intervention experienced a significant improvement over time in general fatigue, at one-month follow-up and two-month follow-up. Another recent RCT conducted with 141 patients with advanced cancer by Bruera et al2 did not find any benefits of a nursing telephone intervention that involved systematic symptom assessment/management, medication review, psychosocial support and patient education in fatigue reduction, compared to those who received a control telephone intervention conducted by a non-professional...
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Fatigue, Nursing interventions, Advanced cancer, Cancer-related fatigue, Concurrent symptoms|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200)
|Divisions:||Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology|
|Deposited On:||03 Sep 2013 01:04|
|Last Modified:||02 Sep 2014 07:02|
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