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Fatigue in Chronic Diseases: Perspectives and Management Strategies

Call for Papers

Fatigue is a common complaint impacting daily occupations, participation, and quality of life of many individuals affected by chronic diseases. Fatigue symptoms are still poorly understood and often marginally considered by clinicians, resulting in a lack of searching for effective therapeutic strategies to treat fatigue symptoms. Several factors including the pathophysiology of a disease, drug therapies, exercise intolerance, sleep disorders, and malnutrition play a primary role in the development of fatigue, which ultimately affects both physical and cognitive functions in patients. Therefore, understanding the symptoms and causes of fatigue, together with a critical examination of current strategies followed by patients to deal with fatigue, is necessary to develop new and effective therapies that could be used by a broad spectrum of health-related professionals. The impact of such therapies could have a major positive impact on the quality of life of these patients.

The aim of this special issue of Occupational Therapy International is to publish a series of articles (both original research and literature reviews) related to all states of fatigue, highlighting in particular causes, mechanisms, diagnoses, and impacts on daily occupations and novel therapies to treat fatigue. Different health-related professionals are called to participate in this special issue including clinicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, nutritionists, or social workers.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Pathological and psychological mechanisms associated with fatigue in chronic diseases
  • Diagnosis and management of fatigue in pediatric patients
  • Drug therapies and side effects contributing to fatigue in chronic diseases
  • Impact of fatigue on daily occupations, participation, and quality of life
  • The relationship between exercise intolerance and fatigue: insights from molecular and functional assessments
  • Managing fatigue in patients with chronic diseases (i.e., pharmacological, nonpharmacological, physical activity, and psychological approaches)
  • Facilitating adaptation in daily activities and routines for persons with chronic fatigue

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 20 July 2018
Publication DateDecember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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