The problem of fatigue is prevalent in all chronic and life-limiting illness, and this symptom and the way it affects people's wellbeing is therefore an important focus of palliative care. The principal message of this chapter is that a single approach cannot manage fatigue. Fatigue is a total experience affecting a person physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Its aetiology is similarly multifactorial and a comprehensive approach to nursing management is thus required.
- What is Fatigue?
- Prevalence of fatigue
- Physical sensations of fatigue
- Psychological and affective sensations of fatigue
- Cognitive sensations of fatigue
- What causes fatigue?
- Stress and central nervous system factors
- Disease-related and treatment-related factors
- Personal and environmental factors
- Theories of fatigue
- How can nurses help effectively?
- Communication and Education
- Balancing activity and rest
- Fatigue at the end of life