FOCUS IS IMPORTANT, but sometimes difficult. School of Psychology Florida Institute of Technology. CHRONIC ILLNESS-RELATED FATIGUE AND STRATEGIES FOR FATIGUE SELF-MANAGMENT. A persistent feeling of tiredness and lack of energy related to chronic illness
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Rheumatic Disorders Fatigue Self-Management Training Program
Developed by former student Randi Johnson and initially facilitated by Randi and Isaac Levinsky, this program has provided training to over 100 patients. Effectiveness studies from the program have resulted in numerous completed DRPs.
Breast Cancer Fatigue Self-Management Training Program
This program was developed by a team of several students and has been provided in the community for the past two years. Two DRPs using data for this project are in progress.
National Chronic Fatigue Survey
Corinne Russell and I developed the online survey and collected data in 2009-2010 from over 1500 individuals with chronic illness-related fatigue. Several DRPs based on data from the survey have been completed
Self-Management Training for Teens with Diabetes
Tory Sank led a team of students who developed this community program.
Survey of Parents of Children with Chronic Illness
This survey is currently in progress. We are looking at parenting stress, parenting self-efficacy, and parent coping strategies; as well as chronically ill child behaviors and sibling interaction.
A Cognitive Behavioral Intervention to Manage Fatigue
Developed and Sponsored by
The Fatigue Management Institute
School of Psychology Florida Tech
To what degree is Fatigue Management Training effective when provided to community patients, relative to their usual medical treatment?
This involves a two-group design, with one group receiving only their usual medical treatment (UMT), and a second group, which in addition to UMT receives FMT.
Because patients for the two groups actively chose to participate in FMT or were only provided the option to continue UMT, assignment to groups was not random.
Additionally, patients were not required to be free from other medical conditions.
Design Considerations I
Due to these factors, the study is not a randomized clinical trial (RCT). However, it does represent a comparative effectiveness study, where findings are considered to represent the utility of the treatment when applied by practitioners in the general community.
Tx Effectiveness Measure = Self-efficacy
DVs = Fatigue Levels
Patients in the two groups were matched statistically via the use of propensity scores, to reduce the selection bias inherent in nonrandom assignment to groups.
Disclaimer: Propensity procedures were conducted by professionals under controlled conditions. Do not attempt these at home.
Design Considerations II