Prevalence of post stroke fatigue and its severity in stroke survivors in Bangalore: A descriptive study
Reshma Lachimasyu, Murali Sivanandam, Paul Daniel VK, Ishwor Pyatha
Background and Objectives: Stroke is the most frequent cause of disability, and fatigue is one of the most common complaints after Stroke. In recent years, post-stroke fatigue (PSF), one of the most common enduring and disabling complaints after stroke, has been increasingly recognized. Fatigue is a multidimensional motor perceptive, emotional and cognitive experience. It is known to be an important predictor of functional limitation, dependency, institutionalization and death rate after stroke. The aim of the study was to find the prevalence of post stroke fatigue and its severity in stroke survivors. Methods: Ninety stroke patients were selected as per the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The procedure was explained and written consent was taken.Demographic data of the subjects were collected and recorded. The subjects were administered the fatigue question from the HUNT-3 survey and Fatigue Severity Scale to obtain the self- reported fatigue status. Results and Conclusion: Out of 90 subjects, 66% reporting fatigue while 34% did not report fatigue in HUNT3 Survey Questionnaire. Talking about fatigue severity current study found 68% of fatigue severity in Fatigue Severity Scale which overall indicate that Post-stroke fatigue was a common complaint in a stroke survivors.