A multimodal, interdisciplinary programme for the management of cachexia and fatigue

Frances Watkins, Sue Tulloch, Cathy Bennett, Brett Webster, Carmel McCarthy

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    Abstract

    Fatigue and cachexia are common symptoms of advanced disease that have a significant impact on quality of life for palliative care clients. Management of cachexia and fatigue is often overlooked, but growing understanding of the multidimensional nature of fatigue and muscle wasting has led to interest in a model of care based on multimodal therapy that has been successfully implemented in specialized multidisciplinary hospital-based clinics in the oncology/palliative care setting. This article reports on an innovative incorporation of features of this model into a client-centred, interdisciplinary programme that aims to manage the effects of cachexia and fatigue and to improve quality of life for palliative care clients in their home setting. This Cachexia and Fatigue Management Programme (CFMP) involves the use of an anti-inflammatory agent, high protein intake, and an individually tailored resistance exercise regimen to counteract muscle wasting and fatigue. The article provides an overview of the role of multimodal therapies in the management of cachexia and fatigue before moving on to discuss the development of the CFMP, its features, and potential benefits for palliative care clients, caregivers, and health services.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)85-90
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
    Volume18
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

    Keywords

    • Cachexia
    • Fatigue
    • Multimodal care
    • Muscle wasting
    • Weight loss

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