Identify, appraise and synthesise qualitative and quantitative studies on the psychosocial /behavioural experience/issues of people living with cancer-related fatigue

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Title: Identify, appraise and synthesise qualitative and quantitative studies on the psychosocial /behavioural experience/issues of people living with cancer-related fatigue.

Aim: To collate evidence examining the behavioural and psychosocial needs, issues, and challenges of patients with cancer who have been suffering from fatigue Methods: A rapid scoping review of the qualitative and quantitative literature – a search to be undertaken in Web of Science MEDLINE (via Ovid); MEDLINE In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations (via Ovid); EMBASE (via Ovid); PsycINFO (via ProQuest); and The Cochrane Library (via Wiley Online Library) (or any other). Data is to be extracted on research design, sample size, participants, and key findings. The review is expected to highlight a number of themes relating to people’s beliefs around fatigue in cancer, challenges people face when engaging in the target behaviours, difficult emotions people may experience and concerns about digital interventions (if such are to be found useful). Please, clearly state themes identified and explain. Keywords: cancer, fatigue, assessment, supportive care, symptom management, cancer-related fatigue, scoping review, fatigue measurement. References: 35-40 reference are required Inclusion criteria: Peer-reviewed studies using a quantitative and qualitative design, reporting experiences of living with fatigue in patients diagnosed with cancer (any type, any stage) and age >18 years as an outcome. Studies published between 1 January 2000 and June 2019 to be included. Only full text articles in English. Why scoping review? “Scoping review methods are appropriate for answering broad research questions and to gain an appreciation of the nature of existing evidence (Armstrong et al. 2011). While a systematic review evaluates the quality of included studies and may provide a quantitative synthesis, scoping reviews do not focus on these elements. A scoping review may be used to identify gaps in knowledge, define the scope for systematic reviews or direct the development of focussed research questions (Armstrong et al. 2011).”

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