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OBJECTIVE. We assessed the impact of a one-to-one fatigue management course on participants’ fatigue, self-efficacy, quality of life, and energy conservation behaviors.
METHOD. This observational study used a one-group, pretest–posttest, follow-up design. Forty-nine people with chronic conditions and fatigue participated in the one-to-one fatigue management course in outpatient and community-based settings. The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy–Fatigue Scale was used to measure fatigue; the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy–General measured quality of life; and the Self Efficacy for Performing Energy Conservation Strategies Assessment was used to measure self-efficacy.
RESULTS. Participants showed significant reductions in fatigue and significant increases in self-efficacy and quality of life at posttest. These beneficial effects were maintained at follow-up. The Social Well-Being subscale was the only measure on which outcomes did not change significantly.
CONCLUSION. The one-to-one fatigue management course is a beneficial intervention for people with chronic conditions and fatigue.
Katy N. L. Van Heest, MOT, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Centrex Rehab, Minneapolis, MN. At the time of the study, she was Student, Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Ashley R. Mogush, MOT, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Pro Rehab, St. Paul, MN. At the time of the study, she was Student, Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Virgil G. Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Following this course, the learner will be able to:
1) Identify the difference between normal and pathological fatigue