Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2018

Publication Source

Rehabilitation Oncology

Abstract

Background: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is one of the most common side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Being able to accurately screen for and assess CRF will improve access to and prescriptions for interventions. Valid and reliable measures to screen for and assess CRF need to be identified.

Purpose: To identify and recommend reliable, valid, and clinically useful tools to screen for and assess CRF among those treated for cancer.

Methods: A systematic review of the literature was conducted to assess the published psychometric properties and clinical feasibility of each method identified. Task force members independently reviewed each measure using the Cancer EDGE Rating Form.

Results: Review of 136 studies resulted in recommendations for 14 questionnaires. Five unidimensional and 9 multidimensional questionnaires are recommended by the Oncology EDGE Task Force.

Conclusion: The 10-point Numeric Rating Scale for Fatigue is best as a screening tool, whereas the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory is a highly recommended multidimensional tool. Ease of screening can promote referral for interventions, whereas thorough assessment drives appropriate interventions.

Inclusive pages

93-105

ISBN/ISSN

2168-3808

Document Version

Postprint

Comments

The document available for download is the authors' accepted manuscript, provided in compliance with the publisher's policy on self-archiving. To view the version of record, use the DOI provided.

Publisher

Wolters Kluwer

Volume

36

Issue

2

Peer Reviewed

yes

Keywords

Psychometrics, measurement, surveys or questionnaires

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