Managing patients suffering from acute & chronic fatigue

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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.

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