Fatigue and Activity Management Education for Individuals with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
Affiliation1 Occupational Therapy Department, St. James' Hospital, James' Street, Dublin 8, Ireland. 2 Rheumatology Department, St. James' Hospital, James' Street, Dublin 8, Ireland. 3 Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, St. James' Hospital, James' Street, Dublin 8, Ireland.
Local subject classificationLupus
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JournalOccupational Therapy International
AbstractFatigue and Activity Management Education (FAME) is a six-week occupational therapy-led programme focusing on fatigue and stress management, exercise, nutrition, and joint protection. Each session consists of education and goal setting. To assess the impact of FAME on occupational participation and fatigue management. Three programmes were facilitated with twenty-one women with SLE. A mixed methods design was used. Quantitative data were collected using self-reported questionnaires administered before, immediately after, and eight weeks after intervention. Data were analysed using descriptive and nonparametric inferential statistics. Qualitative data were collected through focus groups and interviews. Thematic analysis was carried out on the qualitative data. There was a statistically significant improvement in depression as measured by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and categories of "burden to others" and "fatigue" in the LupusQoL. There were nonsignificant improvements in fatigue, occupational participation, self-efficacy, and anxiety. Participants reported an improved understanding of fatigue and the impact of stress on fatigue. They also identified self-management strategies they were using on a daily basis.
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