Fatigue Impact Scale

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The Fatigue Impact Scale was specifically designed to measure fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis. It can be used as a clinical measure to guide intervention or treatment, and to assess change over time.

  • It consists of 40 questions within these three groups: cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functioning.
  • The person who is taking the test rates the extent to which fatigue causes problems in his/her life.


[edit] Modified Fatigue Impact Scale

  • This is a modified form of the Fatigue Impact Scale, designed specifically for people with multiple sclerosis. Its focus is on the way that fatigue impacts everyday life for people with MS.

[edit] Usage

  • Applying for CPP-D to demonstrate fatigue as a debilitating symptom.
  • Quality of life assessment.

[edit] Studies

  • “Measuring the Functional Impact of Fatigue: Initial Validation of the Fatigue Impact Scale.” Clin. Infect. Dis. 1994b Jan; 18 Suppl. 1: S79-83.
  • “Assessing Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: Dutch Modified Fatigue Impact Scale.”

Acta. Neurol. Belg. 2003 Dec;103(4):185-91.

[edit] ASK MS Articles

  • Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: A Comparison of Different Rating Scales and Correlation to Clinical Parameters
  • Measurement of Health-Related Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis Patients 1.7.1.i

[edit] Sources

Chan, A. “Review of Common Management Strategies for Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis.” International Journal of MS Care. 12.2 (1999): 13-19. ASK MS

“Modified Fatigue Impact Scale.” Measures for Use in Clinical Studies of MS. National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 10 Sept. 2002. 15 Jun. 2004 <http://www.nationalmssociety.org/%5CMUCS_fatigue.asp>.

For the actual exam, see INFORMATION BINDER 7B, SECTION 1.

For information purposes only. For specific advice and opinion, always consult a physician.
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