Although fatigue is considered to be one of the major causes of distress am
ong cancer patients, little is known about its association with other facto
rs, such as demographic, medical, and psychosocial factors. A total of 455
ambulatory cancer patients completed the Profile of Mood States (POMS) scal
e, which includes a fatigue subscale. Other information was obtained in art
interview The results of a multiple regression analysis suggested that sex
, education, employment status, the size of the household, the performance
status, and depressive mood were associated with fatigue. Our findings reve
al that the fatigue experienced by cancer patients may be determined by mul
tiple factors, including demographic, physical, and psychological factors.
(C) U.S. Cancer Pain Relief Committee, 1998.