The subjective experience of fatigue is common and debilitating, and affects many individuals in various healthcare settings. The condition requires adequate assessment, innovative planning and interventions, and patient-centred evaluations by the nursing profession. Fatigue, whether acute or chronic, needs to be recognized as a true and valid condition in order for treatment to be successful. There are many considerations to be taken into account when working with the fatigued, and this article suggests how the areas needing most attention may be tackled. Chronic fatigue and acute fatigue can be quite different conditions, requiring different approaches, of which nurses need to be aware. In order to reduce the effects of fatigue on the client, nurses need to fully understand the factors surrounding the phenomenon of fatigue to provide expert care, to help educate the patient, and improve the quality of life.
|Journal||British Journal of Nursing|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|