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Pertl, MM;Hevey, D;Collier, S;Lambe, K;O'Dwyer, AM
2014
June
Health Psychology
Predictors of fatigue in cancer patients before and after chemotherapy
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BREAST-CANCER PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY ADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY SURVIVORS WOMEN DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS THERAPY ANXIETY ADULTS
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Fatigue is a debilitating and common condition in cancer patients. This study examined pretreatment predictors of fatigue before chemotherapy and also assessed whether these could prospectively predict fatigue posttreatment. A total of 100 patients completed questionnaires assessing psychological factors, physical activity and sleep. A subsample of 26 participants wore actigraphs to objectively assess sleep/wake and activity/rest. Fatigue was measured pretreatment and posttreatment and at follow-up several months later. Greater pretreatment pain, depression, stress and sleep disruption significantly predicted greater fatigue before chemotherapy, explaining 55 percent of the variance. Pretreatment fatigue significantly predicted post-treatment fatigue. No other significant prospective predictors of posttreatment fatigue emerged.
1359-1053
10.1177/1359105313477675
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