Fatigue and its correlates in cancer patients who had returned to work-a cohort study

Taina Taskila, AGEM de Boer, FJH van Dijk, JHAM Verbeek

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    Objectives: Fatigue and other symptoms in cancer patients often interfere with social and occupational activities. Only a few studies, however, have examined relationship between fatigue and work-related outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate which disease-related factors (treatment, diagnosis, cognitive dysfunction, depression, pain, and sleep disturbance) and work-related factors (work-load, work pressure, relationship to supervisor and colleagues, size of the company, and workplace accommodations) were related to fatigue in employed cancer survivors. Methods: Data was collected by questionnaire at 6 months (baseline) and 18 months (end of the follow-up) after cancer diagnosis from 135 people with different types of cancer who had returned to work at follow-up. Fatigue was measured with a four-item sub-scale of MFI. Scores ranged from 4 to 20, with higher scores indicating more fatigue. Results: The mean rate of general fatigue was 11.9 at baseline decreasing to 10.4 at the end of the follow-up (p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1236-1241
    Number of pages6
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011


    • work
    • symptom clusters
    • oncology
    • workplace accommodations
    • fatigue
    • cancer


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