Assessment of daily and weekly fatigue among African American cancer survivors

Rina M Sobel-Fox, Anna-Michelle M McSorley, Scott C Roesch, Vanessa L Malcarne, Starlyn M Hawes, Georgia Robins Sadler
Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 2013, 31 (4): 413-29
This investigation evaluates two common measures of cancer-related fatigue, one multidimensional/retrospective and one unidimensional/same day. Fifty-two African American survivors of diverse cancers completed fatigue visual analogue scales once daily, and the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory-Short Form (MFSI-SF) once weekly, for four weeks. Zero-order correlations showed retrospective fatigue was significantly related to average, peak, and most recent same-day fatigue. Multilevel random coefficient modeling showed unidimensional fatigue shared the most variance with the MFSI-SF's General subscale for three weeks, and with the Vigor subscale for one week. Researchers and clinicians may wish to prioritize multidimensional measures when assessing cancer-related fatigue, if appropriate.

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