"This is Not Your Ordinary Walk in the Park" and Other Ways to Fight Fatigue and Restore Attention

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165596
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
"This is Not Your Ordinary Walk in the Park" and Other Ways to Fight Fatigue and Restore Attention
Author(s):
Hutchison, Paula
Author Details:
Paula Hutchison, Dayton Oncology & Hematology PA, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Abstract:
The Miami Valley Fatigue Coalition is a group of oncology nurses from the Dayton, Ohio area who are passionate about helping patients to combat fatigue. Our goal for the year 2001 was to offer a community based activity to increase awareness of cancer survivors, caregivers, and families on ways to fight fatigue and restore attention. On Saturday, April 7, 2001, as a culmination of national cancer-related fatigue awareness week, a "restorative walk" was sponsored by the Miami Valley Fatigue Coalition and the West Central Ohio Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, with the support of Ortho Biotech. To make it convenient for cancer survivors and to promote attendance, the event was offered at two local nature centers. More than 100 people attended the event. We discussed the benefits of the natural environment to restore attention, and the importance of exercise in increasing energy. Evidence-based research has shown that activities involving the natural environment can help restore attention in patients undergoing chemotherapy. In addition, more and more data is being reported regarding the benefits of light exercise for cancer patients who are experiencing cancer-related fatigue. The highlight of the event was a guided walking tour through the beautiful gardens and peaceful woods. Door prizes, goodie bags, and an Easter egg scavenger hunt with "fighting fatigue hints" were distributed to all. Several newspapers featured articles about the event and provided information about fatigue and conducted interviews with patients as well as nurses from the coalition. Many local businesses provided door prizes and were informed of the cause. Girl Scout and church youth groups facilitated the activities. Coalition nurses disseminated information regarding cancer-related fatigue and what can be done to reduce it. Those who attended the event gained valuable insight concerning cancer-related fatigue. The feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. Participants learned firsthand that one must expend energy to create energy. The coalition is concerned about the lack of attention paid to this most common symptom of cancer. Therefore, plans are in place to make this an annual event.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title"This is Not Your Ordinary Walk in the Park" and Other Ways to Fight Fatigue and Restore Attentionen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHutchison, Paulaen_US
dc.author.detailsPaula Hutchison, Dayton Oncology & Hematology PA, Dayton, Ohio, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165596-
dc.description.abstractThe Miami Valley Fatigue Coalition is a group of oncology nurses from the Dayton, Ohio area who are passionate about helping patients to combat fatigue. Our goal for the year 2001 was to offer a community based activity to increase awareness of cancer survivors, caregivers, and families on ways to fight fatigue and restore attention. On Saturday, April 7, 2001, as a culmination of national cancer-related fatigue awareness week, a "restorative walk" was sponsored by the Miami Valley Fatigue Coalition and the West Central Ohio Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, with the support of Ortho Biotech. To make it convenient for cancer survivors and to promote attendance, the event was offered at two local nature centers. More than 100 people attended the event. We discussed the benefits of the natural environment to restore attention, and the importance of exercise in increasing energy. Evidence-based research has shown that activities involving the natural environment can help restore attention in patients undergoing chemotherapy. In addition, more and more data is being reported regarding the benefits of light exercise for cancer patients who are experiencing cancer-related fatigue. The highlight of the event was a guided walking tour through the beautiful gardens and peaceful woods. Door prizes, goodie bags, and an Easter egg scavenger hunt with "fighting fatigue hints" were distributed to all. Several newspapers featured articles about the event and provided information about fatigue and conducted interviews with patients as well as nurses from the coalition. Many local businesses provided door prizes and were informed of the cause. Girl Scout and church youth groups facilitated the activities. Coalition nurses disseminated information regarding cancer-related fatigue and what can be done to reduce it. Those who attended the event gained valuable insight concerning cancer-related fatigue. The feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. Participants learned firsthand that one must expend energy to create energy. The coalition is concerned about the lack of attention paid to this most common symptom of cancer. Therefore, plans are in place to make this an annual event.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:21:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:21:31Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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