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Scand J Rheumatol. 2003;32(1):33-7.

The assessment of fatigue in primary Sjögren's syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Rheumatology, Division of Immunity & Infection, The Medical School University of Birmingham, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Disabling fatigue is a prominent feature of primary Sjögren's syndrome (PSS). We evaluated a number of questionnaires for their ability to discriminate fatigue in PSS from that in other rheumatic disorders and healthy controls.

METHODS:

33 female caucasian patients with PSS, 45 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 16 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and 30 controls completed self-administered questionnaires including; Visual Analogue Scales (VAS), the Chalder Fatigue Scale (CFS), the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) and the Medical Outcomes Short Form 36 Questionnaire (SF-36).

RESULTS:

All patient groups scored significantly worse than controls on the 'Energy' dimension of the NHP, the fatigue VAS and the 'Vitality' domain of the SF-36. No significant differences were observed between PSS patients and controls using the CFS.

CONCLUSIONS:

The NHP. VAS and SF-36 are useful in identifying fatigue in these rheumatic disorders. Further work is required to identify the characteristic features of fatigue in these conditions.

PMID:
12635943
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