The Fatigue Assessment Scale: quality and availability in sarcoidosis and other diseases

Celine Hendriks, Marjolein Drent*, Marjon Elfferich, Jolanda De Vries

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Abstract

Purpose of review Fatigue is a problem experienced by many patients suffering from chronic diseases, including sarcoidosis patients. It has a substantial influence on patients' quality of life (QoL). It is, therefore, important to properly assess fatigue with a valid and reliable measure. The Fatigue Assessment Scale (FAS) is the only validated self-reporting instrument classifying fatigue in sarcoidosis. The aim of this review was to examine the psychometric properties of the FAS and the diseases and languages in which it has been used. Studies among sarcoidosis patients were also reviewed in terms of outcomes. Recent findings Studies were identified by searching the electronic bibliographic database Pubmed. Search terms used were: FAS and fatigue. Articles were included in the review if the FAS had been used to assess fatigue. Results Since its introduction, the FAS was used in 26 different diseases or conditions, including stroke, neurologic disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis. Its reliability and validity have proved to be good. Unidimensionality has been established. So far, the FAS is available in 20 languages and widely used in sarcoidosis. Digital versions as well as PDFs of various languages are available online (www.wasog.org). Summary The FAS has good psychometric qualities for the diseases in which it has been examined, including sarcoidosis, and can be used in clinical practice. Healthcare workers can use the FAS to assess fatigue in the management, follow-up and clinical care programmes for their patients consistently across countries, as well as in clinical research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-503
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • fatigue
  • Fatigue Assessment Scale
  • quality of life
  • sarcoidosis
  • IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY-FIBROSIS
  • RHEUMATOID-ARTHRITIS PATIENTS
  • SYSTEMIC-LUPUS-ERYTHEMATOSUS
  • STAGE BREAST-CANCER
  • OF-LIFE
  • PROFILES REGISTRY
  • HEALTH-STATUS
  • DOUBLE-BLIND
  • PSYCHOMETRIC QUALITIES
  • LONGITUDINAL COHORT

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