Research Article  |   May 2017
Effects of a One-to-One Fatigue Management Course for People With Chronic Conditions and Fatigue
Author Affiliations
  • Katy N. L. Van Heest, MOT, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Centrex Rehab, Minneapolis, MN. At the time of the study, she was Student, Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Ashley R. Mogush, MOT, OTR/L, is is Occupational Therapist, Pro Rehab, St. Paul, MN. At the time of the study, she was Student, Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Virgil G. Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; mathi003@umn.edu
Article Information
Assessment Development and Testing / Education of OTs and OTAs / Multiple Sclerosis / Musculoskeletal Impairments / Neurologic Conditions / Centennial Topics
Research Article   |   May 2017
Effects of a One-to-One Fatigue Management Course for People With Chronic Conditions and Fatigue
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2017, Vol. 71, 7104100020p1-7104100020p9. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.023440
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2017, Vol. 71, 7104100020p1-7104100020p9. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.023440
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. We assessed the impact of a one-to-one fatigue management course on participants’ fatigue, self-efficacy, quality of life, and energy conservation behaviors.

METHOD. This observational study used a one-group, pretest–posttest, follow-up design. Forty-nine people with chronic conditions and fatigue participated in the one-to-one fatigue management course in outpatient and community-based settings. The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy–Fatigue Scale was used to measure fatigue; the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy–General measured quality of life; and the Self-Efficacy for Performing Energy Conservation Strategies Assessment was used to measure self-efficacy.

RESULTS. Participants showed significant reductions in fatigue and significant increases in self-efficacy and quality of life at posttest. These beneficial effects were maintained at follow-up. The Social Well-Being subscale was the only measure on which outcomes did not change significantly.

CONCLUSION. The one-to-one fatigue management course is a beneficial intervention for people with chronic conditions and fatigue.