The influence of fatigue on the daily functioning of multiple sclerosis patients

Arsovski, Denis (2023) The influence of fatigue on the daily functioning of multiple sclerosis patients. Timişoara Physical Education and Rehabilitation Journal, 16 (30). pp. 1-8. ISSN 10.2478/tperj-2023-0001

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Fatigue is a complex and often debilitating symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), affecting a large number of individuals with the condition. Research has shown that fatigue and impaired mobility are the two main causes of work loss in people with MS, with fatigue being one of the leading causes of unemployment.
Aim. The research aimed to study the impact of fatigue on individuals with MS, including its effects on physical functioning, daily life activities, work, family, and social life.
Material and method. The data was collected using the Fatigue Assessment Scale, a tool specifically designed for individuals with multiple sclerosis to assess the impact of fatigue on their work, home, and school life. The Fatigue Severity Scale measures fatigue levels, which distinguishes fatigue from clinical depression due to overlapping symptoms. Approximately 700 participants from all over the world participated in the study, with the majority coming from the USA, Canada, and Germany.
Results. The results indicate that fatigue presents a significant challenge for individuals with MS, impacting activities of daily life including leisure, work, and treatment (kinesitherapy). The results also show a connection between gender and fatigue, although the dependence or independence between the two was not determined. Our findings suggest that fatigue is one of the
three symptoms that causes significant difficulties for people with MS, affecting all areas of their functionality.
Conclusions. In conclusion, this scientific paper highlights the importance of addressing fatigue in individuals with MS, as it can have a significant impact on their quality of life. Effective management strategies are essential to ensure the health, well-being, and recovery of affected SM patients. Further research is needed to understand the various causes of fatigue in MS and to develop effective interventions to address it

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Medical and Health Sciences > Other medical sciences
Divisions: Higher Medical School
Depositing User: MSc Denis Arsovski
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2023 11:24
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2023 11:24

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