Dev Neurorehabil. 2022 Jul 26:1-12. doi: 10.1080/17518423.2022.2099994. Online ahead of print.
PURPOSE: Fatigue in patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) is common. However, to better target fatigue, clear ways to categorize/interpret fatigue-severity in individual patients are lacking. This study aims to determine/categorize fatigue severity among children, adolescents, and young adults with ABI.
METHODS: This cross-sectional study included young patients admitted to outpatient rehabilitation and their parents. To determine fatigue, the PedsQL™Multidimensional-Fatigue-Scale was used (MFS, scores 0-100, lower scores = higher fatigue, patient-/parent-reported). Based on scores from a reference population, four categories were formed: “1 = no/little fatigued” to “4 = severely-more fatigued.”
RESULTS: All scores were lower than those from the reference population, with comparisons in the adolescent and young adult groups reaching statistical significance (p < .05). The proportions of patients in category 4 were: 9%/50%/58% among children/adolescents/young adults, showing that many patients were “severely-more fatigued”-than the reference population.
CONCLUSIONS: Measuring fatigue and categorizing fatigue severity looks promising for clinical practice and could help to better target fatigue.