Assessment of daily and weekly fatigue among African American cancer survivors

Rina M. Sobel-Fox, Anna Michelle M. McSorley, Scott C. Roesch, Vanessa L. Malcarne*, Starlyn M. Hawes, Georgia Robins Sadler

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This investigation evaluates two common measures of cancer-related fatigue, one multidimensional/retrospective and one unidimensional/same day. Fifty-two African American survivors of diverse cancers completed fatigue visual analogue scales once daily, and the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory-Short Form (MFSI-SF) once weekly, for four weeks. Zero-order correlations showed retrospective fatigue was significantly related to average, peak, and most recent same-day fatigue. Multilevel random coefficient modeling showed unidimensional fatigue shared the most variance with the MFSI-SF's General subscale for three weeks, and with the Vigor subscale for one week. Researchers and clinicians may wish to prioritize multidimensional measures when assessing cancer-related fatigue, if appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-429
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


  • African American
  • assessment
  • cancer survivorship
  • fatigue
  • multilevel random coefficient modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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