Patterns of fatigue and its correlates over the first 2 years after traumatic brain injury

Short Title:
Patterns of fatigue and its correlates over the first 2 years after 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 25-32
Publication Website:
Abstract:
This study used a prospective longitudinal design to quantify fatigue and associated factors during the first 2 years after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Fifty-one individuals were assessed at 3 time points: within the first 6, 12, and 18-24 months after TBI. Self-reported fatigue improved during the first year, as did pain, sleep quality, cognitive independence, and involvement in productive activity. Further changes up to 2 years after TBI were not observed. The subset of individuals who reported significant increases in fatigue over the first 2 years demonstrated poorer outcomes in cognition, motor symptoms, and general functioning than those with decreased or stable fatigue.
Author(s):
Buchnik, T.; Englander, J.; Wright, J.
Author Address(es):
RehabilitationResearchCenter, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, 751 South Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128

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