Cancer-related fatigue

Concisely and accurately describe the search strategy used to identify the journal articles related to cancer related chronic (e.g. Journal data bases used, keywords, limitation applied (e.g. years, language, peer reviewed))

Four summaries of current peer-reviewed journal articles (2010 to 2015) (from prestige journals) relevant to cancer related chronic pain that will contribute to the following literature review. Each summary has about 350 words.

Each summary should adopt the following structure.

Article citation (APA 6):
Type of article: (Quantitative or Qualitative research/Literature review/case study etc.)
What is the purpose of the article? (What question/problem are the authors trying to address? Hypotheses if relevant)
What data or evidence do the author/s use to support the hypothesis or purpose? (What kind of data – literature, case notes, qualitative and/or quantitative data etc.)
Outline the key points identified in the article (in your own words).
What conclusions did the authors make? (in your own words).
Rationale for choosing this article. (Why is this relevant to your following literature review
Marking criteria

Journal article appropriate and relevant to the topic for the literature review.

Correct APA 6 style for citation.

Demonstrates an excellent understanding of the purpose, key points and conclusions related to the chosen article.

Clear rationale for choice of the article with an appropriate depth.

Writing was coherent with logical development of key ideas.

Example part one:

Article citation (APA 6):
Bornman, T., Piper, B, F., Koczywas, M., Munevar, C, M., Sun, V., Uman, G, C., & Ferrell, B, R. (2012). A qualitative analysis of cancer-related fatigue in ambulatory oncology. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16, 26-32.

Type of article: (Quantitative research/Qualitative research/Literature review/case study etc.)
Qualitative research

What is the purpose of the article? (What question/problem are the authors trying to address? Hypotheses if relevant)
The purpose of this study was to describe patient’s perceptions of the cause, relief, related symptoms, meaning, and suffering secondary to cancer-related fatigue.

What data or evidence do the author/s use to support the hypothesis or purpose? (What kind of data – literature, case notes, qualitative and/or quantitative data etc.)
The author used qualitative data, literature review and case study to support the purpose.

Outline the key points identified in the article (in your own words).
1 According to National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s (NCCN) evidence-based guidelines, Cancer- Related Fatigue is a subjective symptoms experienced by patients with cancer, which is described by patients with ongoing and overwhelming physical, psychological and/or cognitive tiredness. This tiredness is different from the fatigue experienced by a health person which can be easily relieved by rest or a good night sleep.

2 Cancer-related fatigue is described by patients as a distressing, lethargic and continuing symptoms, which has an negative impact on patients’ social life.

3 The meaning of cancer-related fatigue to a person’s functional and emotional well-being is significant. Patients report feelings of loss of control of their lives, dependent on others, inability to function normally, and loss of enjoyment of doing daily activities.

4 Suffering from cancer-related fatigue include a sense of loss, impaired ability to do join entertainments and social activities, and a sense of hopeless.

5 Cancer-related fatigue should be assessed from a multidimensional aspect in clinical settings in order to understand the meaning and suffering of patients with cancer-related fatigue.

6 Implications for oncology nursing practice:

1) It is important, as a nurse, to recognize patients can gain meaning from their journey of cancer.

2) It is nurses’ responsibility to facilitate patients to understand meaning of their diseases and symptoms, for example, cancer-related fatigue.

3) Patients’ ability to extract the meaning from their diseases can be impaired by their suffering from CRF.

What conclusions did the authors make? (in your own words).