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Combating chemotherapy related fatigue by advising patients on the benefits of exercise and types of exercise suitable.

Thomas, Hannah Lucy 2012. Combating chemotherapy related fatigue by advising patients on the benefits of exercise and types of exercise suitable. [Taught Course Thesis]. Bachelor, Cardiff University.
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In cancer patients fatigue has been found to be one of the most debilitating and distressing side-effects of chemotherapy. Traditional practice tells patients to rest which research has found to actually compound fatigue. In the United Kingdom it is usually a Nurse that provides patients with information regarding side-effects of chemotherapy and advises on how best to cope with them. In order to provide best possible care to these patients this dissertation looks at exercise as a way of helping patients overcome or lessen levels of fatigue. The research shows that exercise can help reduce levels of fatigue and this can be achieved by various methods and intensities of exercise. The dissertation also looks at how Nurses are best placed to advise and help implement exercise. Adherence has been found to be a problem with regards to exercise and the dissertation explores this and looks at reasons for this. The proposed change in the clinical area is that Nurses will begin advising patients to exercise should they experience fatigue. As the literature supports a need for change to traditional practice the dissertation then goes on to look at ways in which the change can be implemented. Lewins' (1951) three stage model for managing change is used in this dissertation to implement the change. A style of leadership to guide the change is discussed and how these two components can lead to a successful change. The dissertation then concludes and ends by making recommendations for future practice.

Item Type: Taught Course Thesis
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Additional Information: This dissertation is only available to Cardiff University staff and students.
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 12:45

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