Physical Therapy Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2017

Journal

Dev Neurorehabil

Volume

20

Issue

5

First Page

274

Last Page

279

URL with Digital Object Identifier

https://doi.org/10.1080/17518423.2016.1189974

Abstract

Purpose: The Fatigue Impact and Severity Self-Assessment (FISSA) was created to assess the impact, severity and self-management of fatigue for individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) aged 14-31.

Methods Used: Items were generated from a review of measures and interviews with individuals with CP. Focus groups with healthcare professionals were used for item reduction. A mailed survey was conducted (n=163/367) to assess the factor structure, known-groups validity and test-retest reliability.

Results Obtained: The final measure contained 31-items in two factors and discriminated between individuals expected to have different levels of fatigue. Individuals with more functional abilities reported less fatigue (p< 0.002) and those with higher pain reported higher fatigue (p< 0.001). The FISSA was shown to have adequate test-retest reliability, ICC(3,1)=0.74 (95% CI 0.53-0.87).

Conclusions Reached: The FISSA valid and reliable for individuals with CP. It allows for identification of the activities that may be compromised by fatigue to enhance collaborative goal setting and intervention planning.

Notes

This is not the final published version, Informa Healthcare, retains copyright to the published version of record which can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1080/17518423.2016.1189974

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