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Title: Unravelling associations between fatigue and key outcomes in patients with COPD
Author: Rebelo, Patrícia Filipa Sobral
Oliveira, Ana Luísa
Paixão, Cátia Filipa
Sara Souto Miranda
Machado, Ana Filipa
Alves, Ana Queiroz
Cruz, Joana
Jácome, Cristina
Almeida, Sara Lebre
Tavares, Ana Helena
Marques, Alda Sofia
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: European Respiratory Society
Abstract: Fatigue is a prevalent, multi-dimensional and burdensome symptom in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), yet it is still underdiagnosed, undertreated and little understood. This study explored associations between fatigue and key outcomes in COPD and which of them could explain fatigue. A cross-sectional study with people with COPD was conducted. Assessments included the modified functional assessment of chronic illness therapy-fatigue subscale (mod-FACIT-FS; lower scores mean worst fatigue), modified Medical Research Council dyspnea scale (mMRC), six-minute walk test (6MWT), COPD assessment test (CAT) and St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ). Correlations were explored with the Pearson’s (r)/Spearman’s (rs) coefficients. Multiple linear regressions were performed with the stepwise model and the variance inflation factor (VIF) was confirmed. 89 people with COPD (68±9years; 76%male; 50±18FEV1pp) were enrolled. Significant moderate correlations were found between the mod-FACIT-FS and all outcomes (mMRC:rs=-0.53; 6MWT:r=0.50; CAT:r=-0.56; SGRQ:r=-0.63; p<0.01). The linear regression model showed that SGRQ, 6MWT and CAT explained 51% of the variability in the mod-FACIT-FS (p<0.01; VIF<2)(Figure 1). This study suggests that health-related quality of life, exercise tolerance and impact of the disease are correlated with fatigue in COPD. Comprehensive assessments including fatigue are needed to optimise COPD management.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1183/13993003.congress-2020.2459
ISSN: 0903-1936
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