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1.  Age- and sex-standardised prevalence rates of fatigue in a large hospital-based sample of cancer patients 
British Journal of Cancer  2011;105(3):445-451.
Background:
The aim of this longitudinal study was to determine age- and sex-standardised prevalence rates of cancer-related fatigue in different groups of patients.
Methods:
This was a prospective study in a cohort of N=1494 cancer patients investigating fatigue at three time points t1–t3 (t1: admission to hospital, t2: discharge, t3: half a year after t1). Fatigue was measured with the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory. Age- and sex-adjusted norms were derived from a representative community sample of N=2037, using a cutoff at the 75th percentile.
Results:
At admission to the hospital, 32% of the patients were classified as fatigued. At discharge, the overall prevalence rate was 40%, and at half a year after t1, prevalence was 34%. Fatigue prevalence rates differed according to tumour stage, site, age, and sex of the patients.
Conclusion:
The prevalence rates provided by this study can be used for the planning of research and clinical routine.
doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.251
PMCID: PMC3172908  PMID: 21750551
fatigue; neoplasms; prevalence studies; prospective studies; mental health

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