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J Rheumatol Suppl. 2011 Nov;88:36-42. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.110902.

Fatigue and quality of sleep in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory disease.

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Department of Clinical Health Psychology, University of Manitoba, 771 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Fatigue, a systemic feeling of exhaustion, is a common symptom of many chronic illnesses, including immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID). IMID-related fatigue is associated with disease activity and pain and has detrimental effects on patient quality of life and overall well-being. Thus, routine assessment and management of fatigue in clinical practice is important. This article provides an overview of the prevalence, correlates, and predictors of fatigue in IMID. There is also discussion of the effects of different treatments on fatigue outcomes, as well as management recommendations.

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