Levels of fatigue in people with ESRD living in far north Queensland

Ann Bonner, Sally Wellard, Marie Caltabiano

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Aim Levels of fatigue as experienced by people with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), were assessed using the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS)Background Fatigue, a common symptom reported by people with ESRD, is a multifaceted, subjective experience, which is readily understood by individuals but difficult to measure. There is limited understanding of the level of fatigue experienced by people with ESRD, with research currently limited to people treated with haemodialysis.Method The Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) was completed by 92 people with ESRD who were patients of a renal service in far North Queensland, Australia. Demographic and renal health history data were also collected with the self-report survey.Results Comparisons were preformed between overall fatigue levels and different renal disorders, genders, ethnicity, and renal replacement therapy [RRT]. Participants in this study were more fatigued than the general population; there was no difference in levels of fatigue between gender and ethnicity. Participants with diabetic nephropathy and those who were pre-dialysis were the most fatigued. A significant difference between mean fatigue scores was found for type of RRT [F(3,88)=2.4, p<0.05], with participants using peritoneal dialysis reporting the most fatigue. Additionally, participants categorised according to type of RRT, erythropoietin replacement therapy and current haemoglobin levels revealed significant mean differences on fatigue levels [F(3,88)=2.74,p<0.05].Relevance to Clinical Practice People with ESRD experience considerable fatigue; it is particularly important for nurses to understand this level of fatigue impacts on the daily life of patients. These findings provide the preliminary evidence to support the development of renal nursing practice guidelines related to symptom recognition and management of fatigue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-98
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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