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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/183161
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Identifying the Prevalence of Fatigue in a Health Care Setting
Author(s):
McCabe, Margaret
Author Details:
Margaret McCabe, DNSc, RN, PNP-BC, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, email: Margaret.McCabe@childrens.harvard.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: Fatigue is a ubiquitous symptom that is poorly understood, especially in children. National and international public health surveys of tiredness in community dwelling adolescents suggest they experience tiredness at a rate that deserves attention from healthcare professionals. International studies also suggest the incidence of tiredness and sleep disturbance in this group is increasing. Factors such as poor understanding of the biological mechanism of fatigue, the scant description of the symptom in the pediatric literature, and lack of measures of fatigue in children have impacted nurses knowledge and awareness of the symptom in the pediatric population. The existing pediatric literature suggests that fatigue goes unrecognized and therefore untreated in children. The purpose of this work is to describe the prevalence of fatigue in a convenience sample of inpatients and outpatients 2-21 years of age who are cared for in the areas of our hospital constituting Medicine Patient Services. Methods: In an effort to describe how many of our patients experience this symptom in a given day all patients on the 9 a.m. inpatient census and the ambulatory appointment schedule between 8a - 4p, who meet inclusion criteria will be surveyed. One data collector from each patient care area will be trained in the data collection method and will collect the data during the designated timeframe. Fatigue will be assessed using a valid and reliable general measure of fatigue in children. The PI will oversee the data collection efforts. Demographic data will be collected in conjunction with symptom data. Findings: Results will be used to inform the usefulness of future data collection related to the prevalence of fatigue in our environment as well as identify potential opportunities for staff education related to identifying and supporting children experiencing the symptom. Discussion: This is an initial effort to describe the presence of fatigue in patients being cared for in our general medicine units. Documentation of the symptom of fatigue exists in the pediatric literature focusing on chronic conditions, such as rheumatological conditions, physical disability and cancer. For children with and without chronic conditions, researchers have reported that fatigue impacts school performance, peer relationships, and social functioning. A better understanding of the prevalence of fatigue in our environment may have implications for the nursing care of our patients. The potential role for staff nurses to identify and support children experiencing fatigue is significant in our setting.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference
Conference Host:
University of South Florida College of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau International; Florida Organization of Nurse Executives
Conference Location:
Naples, Florida, USA
Description:
7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference - Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 11-13 February 2010 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, USA.
Note:
This 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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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleIdentifying the Prevalence of Fatigue in a Health Care Settingen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcCabe, Margareten_US
dc.author.detailsMargaret McCabe, DNSc, RN, PNP-BC, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, email: Margaret.McCabe@childrens.harvard.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/183161-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Fatigue is a ubiquitous symptom that is poorly understood, especially in children. National and international public health surveys of tiredness in community dwelling adolescents suggest they experience tiredness at a rate that deserves attention from healthcare professionals. International studies also suggest the incidence of tiredness and sleep disturbance in this group is increasing. Factors such as poor understanding of the biological mechanism of fatigue, the scant description of the symptom in the pediatric literature, and lack of measures of fatigue in children have impacted nurses knowledge and awareness of the symptom in the pediatric population. The existing pediatric literature suggests that fatigue goes unrecognized and therefore untreated in children. The purpose of this work is to describe the prevalence of fatigue in a convenience sample of inpatients and outpatients 2-21 years of age who are cared for in the areas of our hospital constituting Medicine Patient Services. Methods: In an effort to describe how many of our patients experience this symptom in a given day all patients on the 9 a.m. inpatient census and the ambulatory appointment schedule between 8a - 4p, who meet inclusion criteria will be surveyed. One data collector from each patient care area will be trained in the data collection method and will collect the data during the designated timeframe. Fatigue will be assessed using a valid and reliable general measure of fatigue in children. The PI will oversee the data collection efforts. Demographic data will be collected in conjunction with symptom data. Findings: Results will be used to inform the usefulness of future data collection related to the prevalence of fatigue in our environment as well as identify potential opportunities for staff education related to identifying and supporting children experiencing the symptom. Discussion: This is an initial effort to describe the presence of fatigue in patients being cared for in our general medicine units. Documentation of the symptom of fatigue exists in the pediatric literature focusing on chronic conditions, such as rheumatological conditions, physical disability and cancer. For children with and without chronic conditions, researchers have reported that fatigue impacts school performance, peer relationships, and social functioning. A better understanding of the prevalence of fatigue in our environment may have implications for the nursing care of our patients. The potential role for staff nurses to identify and support children experiencing fatigue is significant in our setting.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T16:17:09Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T16:17:09Z-
dc.conference.date2010en_US
dc.conference.name7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostUniversity of South Florida College of Nursingen_US
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_US
dc.conference.hostFlorida Organization of Nurse Executivesen_US
dc.conference.locationNaples, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description7th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference - Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 11-13 February 2010 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida, USA.en_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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