Are nurses able to assess fatigue, exertion fatigue and types of fatigue in residential home patients?

L.J. Tiesinga, Ate Dijkstra, T.W.N. Dassen, R.J.G. Halfens, W.J.A. van den Heuvel


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Although fatigue is recognized as a subjective, generalized, extensive and disabling health care problem with a relatively high prevalence among the chronically ill, there have been no studies to show whether nurses caring for fatigued subjects are able to accurately assess the level of fatigue that exists in these patients. The aim of the present study is to investigate this issue. The following research questions are formulated: (1) To what degree do the assessments of fatigue and exertion fatigue given by nurses and patients agree? and (2) To what degree do the assessments of types of fatigue given by nurses and patients agree?

The method adopted employed a correlational design approach applied to residential home patients and nurses. Data were gathered by questionnaire. Data collected from 44 selected patients and two assessors (nurses) for each patient are used in the analyses. Measurement instruments used are the Dutch fatigue scale (DUFS), the Dutch exertion fatigue scale (DEFS), types of fatigue and sociodemographic variables.

Measurement correlations between the patients and the nurses, both for the DUFS and DEFS, showed fair agreement (fatigue and exertion fatigue) and slight agreement (types of fatigue).

The main conclusion of this study is that nurses working in residential home care are unable, in comparison with the patients themselves, to accurately assess patient's fatigue (fair agreement), exertion fatigue (fair agreement) and types of fatigue (slight agreement).

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)129-136
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - jun.-2002

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