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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 193-201

Symptom experience in patients with cancer-related fatigue: A systematic review and meta-synthesis

1 Department of Emergency, Beijing Hospital, National Center of Gerontology; Institute of Geriatric Medicine, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
2 Acupuncture and Moxibustion Minimally Invasive Oncology Department, The Third Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China
3 College of Nursing, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China
4 Department of Nursing, Dongfang Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China

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Prof. Ling Tang
Department of Nursing, Dongfang Hospital of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Fengtai, Beijing
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jin.jin_66_21

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To understand the real experiences of patients with cancer-related fatigue and to promote quality of life, the researchers used computer searches of PubMed, EMbase, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Web of Science, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure, China Biology Medicine disc, Wanfang Data, China Science and Technology Journal Database for relevant qualitative studies from the inception to November 1, 2021. The results showed that a total of 16 papers were included, and 57 outcomes were distilled into 9 categories, which were pooled into four integrated outcomes, such as somatic, psychological and social support and so on. It is concluded that patients with cancer-related fatigue are not only in the midst of multidimensional, unspeakable somatic experiences, and complex psychological experiences, they are also hindered in coping with fatigue symptom and social life. Therefore, healthcare professionals should provide health interventions and psychological support to those patients whenever possible.

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