Measures of Cancer-Related Fatigue
NOTE: The article for this course is available through the Rehabilitation Oncology (RO) site; or in the Resources area of this course.
This article focuses on valid and reliable screening and assessment tools for cancer-related fatigue, which drives rehabilitation strategies and effectiveness of interventions.
Meet the Author:
Mary Insana Fisher PT, PhD, Board certified Clinical Orthopedic Specialist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist, is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Dayton. She graduated from Boston University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, and earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Kentucky. She has more than 25 years of clinical practice experience ranging from acute care to orthopedics and oncology rehabilitation. Additionally, she received her initial and advanced lymphedema training at the Foeldi Clinic in Germany. She serves on the Miami Valley Hospital Premier Health Oncology Committee, served as Secretary of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and is Senior Editor of Rehabilitation Oncology. Dr. Fisher has been teaching physical therapy over 20 years, and serves in an advisory capacity to physical therapy and physical therapists assistant programs. Dr. Fisher’s current research interest focuses on the field of oncology rehabilitation in terms of functional return, cancer-related fatigue and quality of life, as well as measurement issues related to outcomes in oncology rehabilitation. She has presented her work nationally and internationally, and published in such peer-reviewed journals as Rehabilitation Oncology, the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.
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- Define cancer-related fatigue and understand its impact on function and health-related quality of life.
- Demonstrate an understanding of underlying causes and other medical conditions related to fatigue.
- Be able to delineate the difference between screening and assessment as it relates to cancer-related fatigue.
- Identify the select highly recommended measurements to screen for and assess cancer-related fatigue.
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