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Post polio syndrome: Fatigued patients a specific subgroup?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, ISSN 1650-1977, Vol. 43, no 1, 39-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aims: To examine characteristics of fatigued and non-fatigued post-polio patients and, to define potential subgroups across the fatigue continuum. Design: Multi-center study. Subjects: 143 post-polio patients were, by using the Multi Fatigue Inventory 20 General fatigue ratings, subdivided on the basis of percentile distribution into a fatigue, reference, and non-fatigue group. Methods: Data on background, quality of life, fatigue and pain were collected. Descriptive statistics and correlations in each group and Analysis of Variance and Chi2 for group comparisons were performed. To evaluate differences in the strength of associations between physical and mental fatigue, on the one hand, and vitality on the other, non-linear regressions were employed. Results: The fatigued group was younger, had shorter polio duration, more pain, higher Body Mass Index, lower quality of life and were more physically and mentally fatigued. More had contracted polio after 1956 and were under 65 years of age. Mental fatigue had a relatively higher explanatory value than physical fatigue for differences in vitality in the fatigued group, reversed patterns were seen in the other groups. Conclusions: It may be clamed that the fatigued PPS patients may be considered as a subgroup.

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2011. Vol. 43, no 1, 39-45 p.
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post-polio, fatigue, subgroup, physical fatigue, mental fatigue, vitality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62135DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0634ISI: 000288105200006OAI: diva2:439949
The authors would like to thank Pharmalink AB, Lisbet Broman and Britta Eklund at the Department of Clinical Sciences at Karolinska Institutet/Danderyds University Hospital, and Elisabeth Berg at the Department of LIME at Karolinska Institutet. This research was supported by grants from Olle Hööks Foundation, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholms Läns Landsting and from Gustav V’s 80 Year Research Foundation to Kristian Borg. Åke Wahlin’s contribution was supported by a grant from the Swedish Council for Social Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.Available from: 2011-09-09 Created: 2011-09-09 Last updated: 2012-01-23Bibliographically approved

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