Publication date: Jan 09, 2024
Long COVID is a growing condition among individuals, with fatigue being one of the main symptoms experienced. Energy Management Education (EME) is a structured occupational therapy group intervention that aims to reduce the impact of fatigue in daily life. This study utilized focus groups to explore the experiences of individuals with post-COVID-related fatigue who participated in the EME program. Six participants engaged in discussions about the program immediately after its completion and again two months later. Additionally, five occupational therapists shared their experiences. Former participants reported implementing strategies learned in the program to manage their condition effectively. They emphasized the importance of understanding fatigue and found the support provided by the peer group valuable. Occupational therapists highlighted the unique challenges faced by individuals with post-COVID-related fatigue compared to other populations with similar fatigue symptoms. Furthermore, insights were obtained regarding the ways individuals live and cope with post-COVID-related fatigue. EME participants were involved in a dynamic and complex occupational therapy process and were experiencing a slow change towards having more control over their daily routines. The study gathered valuable feedback and suggestions from participants and occupational therapists which can be used to optimize the EME program.
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