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Res Nurs Health. 2009 Apr;32(2):125-39. doi: 10.1002/nur.20312.

Trajectories of fatigue in family caregivers of patients undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

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University of Nebraska College of Nursing, Omaha, NE, USA.

Abstract

Predictors of and trajectories for evening and morning fatigue were evaluated in family caregivers of oncology patients using hierarchical linear modeling. Evening fatigue trajectory fit a quadratic model. Predictors included baseline sleep disturbances in family caregivers and baseline evening fatigue in patients. Morning fatigue trajectory fit a linear model. Predictors were baseline trait anxiety, levels of perceived family support, and baseline morning fatigue in patients. Findings suggest considerable inter-individual variability in the trajectories of evening and morning fatigue. Evaluating family caregivers for sleep disturbance, anxiety, and poor family support, as well as high levels of patient fatigue, could identify those family caregivers at highest risk for sustained fatigue trajectories.

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19072846
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PMC2753767
DOI:
10.1002/nur.20312
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