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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011 Feb;92(2):295-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2010.10.030.

Is fatigue after stroke associated with physical deconditioning? A cross-sectional study in ambulatory stroke survivors.

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University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the relationship between a measure of fatigue and 2 indices of physical fitness, lower limb extensor power (LLEP) and walking economy.

DESIGN:

This was a cross-sectional study of patients with stroke. Fatigue was assessed by vitality (VIT) score of the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey version 2 (SF-36v2). LLEP of the unaffected limb was measured using a lower leg extensor power rig. Walking economy was calculated by measuring oxygen consumption (mL·kg(-1)·m(-1)) during walking at a comfortable speed. Bivariate analyses were performed relating VIT to indices of fitness. Multiple regression analyses were also performed and included age, sex, and either SF-36v2 emotional role function or SF-36v2 mental health, as predictors of VIT.

SETTING:

Community setting.

PARTICIPANTS:

Participants (N=66; 36 men; mean age ± SD, 71.0±9.9y) were all community dwelling, had survived a stroke, were able to walk independently, and had completed their stroke rehabilitation.

INTERVENTIONS:

Not applicable

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The main outcome measure is SF-36v2 (VIT), with walking economy and LLEP of the limb unaffected by the stroke being independent variables.

RESULTS:

Walking economy was not significantly related to VIT (R=-.024, P=.86, n=60). LLEP was positively related to VIT in bivariate analysis (R=.38, P=.003, n=58). After controlling for age, sex, and SF-36 emotional role function (or SF-36v2 mental health if the extreme outlier was excluded), LLEP remained a significant predictor of VIT.

CONCLUSIONS:

We found an association between fatigue and reduced LLEP. If a larger study confirms these findings, it would support the need to develop and test interventions to increase LLEP as a treatment for fatigue after stroke.

PMID:
21272727
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2010.10.030
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