What is it about?

Fatigue, a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness, is common in survivors of brain injuries, and many other conditions. There are few treatment options available for this debilitating symptom. This study investigates the effectiveness of two different cognitive rehabilitation programs for reducing fatigue in children who have sustained a brain injury.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that group-based cognitive rehabilitation programs for children and adolescents with brain injuries, with inclusion of parents and teachers, may be helpful in reducing fatigue symptoms. Several factors are associated with fatigue, such as attention problems, pain and sleep, and may be integrated in comprehensive treatment models.

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Fatigue is a complex symptom, and we still lack knowledge about its mechanisms. However, we are starting to understand some of the underlying causes and possible exacerbating factors. Our study shows that it is useful to provide group treatment for children with brain injuries and their network, with information and strategies that integrate our knowledge about fatigue so far.

Ruth Hypher
Oslo University Hospital

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This page is a summary of: Metacognitive strategy training versus psychoeducation for improving fatigue in children and adolescents with acquired brain injuries: A randomized controlled trial., Neuropsychology, August 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/neu0000845.
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