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Development of an optimised, multi-disciplinary intervention for chronic fatigue states.

Sarah Horsfield

Medically-unexplained fatigue states are prevalent and often disabling in the general population. These include chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and post-cancer fatigue (PCF). These syndromes are characterised by debilitating fatigue, neurocognitive difficulties, muscle pain as well as sleep -wake cycle and mood disturbance. A growing evidence base suggests that a multi-disciplinary intervention incorporating cognitive -behavioural therapy (CBT), activity pacing, and graded exercise therapy (GET) provides the most promising current treatment for reducing symptoms and improving functional status.

35th AACBT National Conference.
Innovations in Self-Care and Resilience: Promoting Empowerment
and Well Being.
17 - 19 October 2012, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia.
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Sarah Horsfield

B.Sc (Psych), PGDip (Psych), MPsych (Clin), Clinical Psychologist Registrar, Lifestyle Clinic, University of New South Wales.

Sarah is a part-time Clinical Psychologist at the Fatigue Clinic. She has completed a Master of Clinical Psychology (with Distinction) at the University of Wollongong and has also completed studies at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. Sarah has experience treating children, adolescents and adults in both individual and group settings. She has special interest in assessing and providing treatment for eating disorders, depression and related mood disorders, anxiety disorders, sleep and coping difficulties.

Sarah also conducts research and clinical work assessing the benefits of group-based psychological interventions for persons with obesity and eating disorders. She is currently involved in research at the Fatigue Clinic investigating the relationship between motivation and treatment amongst patients with post-cancer fatigue and post-viral fatigue. Sarah has a warm and empathetic approach and values the importance of applying evidence-based principles to her clinical work.


Co-authors: C. Sandler, B. Hamilton, R. McBride, B. Bennett, A. Lloyd, D. Goldstein & C. Tzar, University of New South Wales
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