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The effect of psychosocial interventions on fatigue during cancer treatment in adults

Goedendorp MM, Gielissen MFM, Verhagen CAHHVM, Bleijenberg G
Published Online: 
21 January 2009

There is limited evidence that psychosocial interventions are effective in reducing fatigue during active treatment in cancer patients. Most promising are psychosocial interventions specifically designed to treat fatigue. In general, during these interventions patients were educated about fatigue, were taught in self-care or coping techniques, and learned to manage their activity. Interventions that did not focus on fatigue were rarely effective in reducing fatigue.