Cancer-related fatigue: a survey of health practitioner knowledge and practice Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • This study aims to identify the current practices of health professionals in the assessment and treatment of cancer-related fatigue (CRF).Health professionals working with oncology clients participated in an electronic survey distributed via professional associations and oncology societies.One hundred twenty-nine professionals from nursing, medical, and allied health disciplines participated in an electronic survey. Overall, there was a perception that CRF was inadequately managed at some facilities. Routine fatigue screening processes in the workplace were reported by more than half of participants; however, less than one quarter used a clinical guideline or conducted in-depth CRF assessments. Awareness of interventions for CRF varied amongst participants with one quarter able to list five appropriate interventions for cancer-related fatigue. Access to services for managing fatigue was inconsistent across service types, with post-treatment triage a high priority for CRF in some organisations yet not others. Participants identified a need for improved guidelines, enhanced expertise and better access to services for people with CRF.There is a need for further education in CRF management for a range of health disciplines in oncology and additional resources to facilitate translation of CRF guidelines into clinical practice.

publication date

  • 2015