Pediatr Phys Ther
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Purpose: Describe the impact of fatigue and self-management practices for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy (CP).
Methods: Survey of 124 people with CP with the Fatigue Impact and Severity Self-Assessment (FISSA).
Results: People in GMFCS Level I experienced little impact of fatigue with high proportions of this group disagreeing to statements about fatigue impacting their general activities, mobility and social activities. People in GMFCS Levels II-V reported impact of fatigue on activities. Differences between groups were evident in questions related to fatigue interference with length of time for physical activity and with motivations to participate in social activities. All other items related to management of fatigue were not significantly different between groups.
Conclusions: Fatigue impact is greater for people with more functional limitations. Lack of significant differences between groups on the Management and Activity Modification subscale, indicates more research is needed regarding strategies for fatigue management.