Cognitive behaviour therapy for fatigued cancer survivors: long-term follow-up.
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SourceBritish Journal of Cancer, 97, 5, (2007), pp. 612-8
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British Journal of Cancer
SubjectEBP 3: Effective Primary Care and Public Health; NCEBP 10: Human Movement & Fatigue; NCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health; NCEBP 8: Psychological determinants of chronic illness; ONCOL 4: Quality of Care; UMCN 1.5: Interventional oncology; UMCN 4.1: Microbial pathogenesis and host defense
An earlier randomised-controlled trial demonstrated the positive effects of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), especially designed for fatigued cancer survivors in reducing fatigue, functional impairments and psychological distress. In the current prospective study, we were able to examine the long-term effect of CBT in patients who completed the therapy. Predictors of fatigue severity at follow-up were exploratory investigated. Sixty-eight patients who completed CBT were assessed at pretreatment, post-treatment and at follow-up (mean follow-up 1.9 years (s.d. 1.0), range: 1-4 years). To analyse possible predictors of treatment outcome a linear regression (enter) was carried out. Improvements on fatigue severity, functional impairment and psychological distress after CBT appeared to remain stable during a follow-up period. Patients who were not fatigued anymore at follow-up were not different from a reference group of non-fatigued cancer survivors. The explorative regression analysis showed that fatigue severity, psychological distress and somatic attributions at pretreatment contributed to persistent fatigue severity at follow-up. Cognitive behaviour therapy, especially designed for post-cancer fatigue, is successful in reducing fatigue and functional impairment in cancer survivors. Moreover, these positive effects were maintained at about 2 years after finishing CBT.
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