Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
This capstone project aided in helping to develop advanced clinical knowledge and skills within oncology care, specifically when treating cancer-related fatigue while advocating for the use of occupational therapy. This project took place within Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. The population for this project consisted of oncology patients within an inpatient and outpatient setting. A total of 12 patients with a diverse set of diagnoses were assessed and treated for cancer-related fatigue within 14 weeks. The Brief Fatigue Inventory scores decreased when patients participated in exercise and psychosocial interventions. Outcomes within this project consisted of a manuscript, advocacy materials, a presentation to the site, and tools for generating referrals to occupational therapy. Given the popularity of this subject, more research is needed to understand occupational therapy's impact on oncology care, specifically when treating cancer-related fatigue.
Cardenas, Marissa Emberly, "Occupational Therapy in Oncology Care: Methods for Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue" (2022). Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations. 66.