Psychological Assessment of Fatigue in a Medical Setting,
BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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Fatigue is the seventh most common complaint in ambulatory medical care. Little research has been done, however, with the few available studies being retrospective and uncontrolled. The present study examined 102 fatigued patients presenting at two adult ambulatory primary care clinics at a teaching hospital. An additional, 26 non-fatigued control subjects CONT were drawn from the same population, and matched demographically with 26 subjects from the fatigue group FATG. Detailed historical, physical, laboratory, and psychometric data were gathered, including two fatigue scales Montgomery Cardenas the Beck Depression Scale BDI, the Holmes Social Readjustment Rating Scale SRRS, the Modified Somatic Perception Questionnaire MSPQ, the Million Behavioral Health Inventory MBHI, and the Sickness Impact Profile SIP. Clinical implications and directions for further research are discussed.
- Stress Physiology