The experience of fatigue in the first 2 years after moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury

Short Title:
The experience of fatigue in the first 2 years after moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury
Model System:
TBI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
Journal:
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2008, vol. 23, issue 1, pp 17-24
Publication Website:
Abstract:
Fatigue is a well-recognized issue for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). This prospective study examined the rate and types of fatigue that are experienced by a cohort of individuals with TBI within the first 2 years, using a multidimensional fatigue scale. The impact of factors such as demographics, injury severity indices, and concomitant psychosocial variables was also examined. Using 2 measures of overall fatigue, 16%–32% at Year 1 and 21%–34% at Year 2 reported significant levels of fatigue. Fatigue did not appear to change between 1 and 2 years post-TBI. Sleep quality was the most prevalent concomitant disturbance followed by depression and pain.
Author(s):
Bushnik, T.; Englander, J.; Wright, J.
Author Address(es):
Rehabilitation Research Center, Co-PI, Northern California TBI Model System of Care, Santa Clara ValleyMedical Center, 751 South Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128

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