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Energy efficiency training's effect on fatigue scores of children with cancer diagnosis
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  • arash khalili,
  • Marziyeh Moeinifard,
  • Amin Doosti-Irani,
  • Hossein Esfahani,
  • Fateme Mohammadi
arash khalili
Hamadan University of Medical Sciences School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Marziyeh Moeinifard
Hamadan University of Medical Sciences School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Amin Doosti-Irani
Hamadan University of Medical Sciences School of Public Health
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Hossein Esfahani
Hamadan University of Medical Sciences Medical School
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Fateme Mohammadi
Hamadan University of Medical Sciences School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Abstract

Introduction Fatigue is the most common complication of cancer treatment procedure during chemotherapy, leading to limited daily activities, mood swings, and ultimately impaired functional status. This study aimed to determine the effect of energy efficiency training on the fatigue scores of children with cancer diagnosis. Methods In the present clinical trial study, 30 children with a cancer diagnosis were randomly assigned to the control and testing groups, respectively. The cancer-related fatigue questionnaire for children with cancer was employed as the data collection tool. The intervention of the testing group was conducted in 4 sessions of 45 to 60 minutes of face-to-face interaction, group sessions, and question and answer sessions. Meanwhile, routine interventions were employed in the control group. Quantitative variables were reported as mean, standard deviation, and qualitative variables as frequency and percentage, respectively.Stata 11 statistical software and a change score approach were used to analyze the data. Results The mean fatigue score of the testing group increased from 72.12 to 77.53. There was a statistically significant difference between the mean fatigue scores of the testing group before and after the intervention (p = 0.013), and the children’s fatigue score decreased. There was a statistically significant difference between the mean fatigue scores of the testing and control groups before and after the intervention (p = 0.001), and the fatigue score of the children in the testing group had decreased compared to the control group. Conclusion Energy efficiency techniques can be employed to increase energy and reduce fatigue during pediatric chemotherapy.