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Table 2 Characteristics of the most frequent used specific fatigue scales

From: Assessment of fatigue in chronic disease: a bibliographic study of fatigue measurement scales

Scale Proposed dimensions Items Time lag Use by decade Most frequent ICD-10 groups (n) Most frequent diseases (n)
Fatigue Severity Scale [16] 1 (mixed) 9 Not stated 80': 1
90' :26
00': 41
Neurology (33)
Rheumatology (12)
Multiple sclerosis (23)
SLE (9)
Mb Parkinson (7)
Fatigue Questionnaire [17] Physical fatigue
Mental fatigue
11 Not stated 80': 1
90': 15
00': 32
Symptoms (13)
Infections (9)
Malignancies (9)
CFS (13)
Mb Hodgkin (5)
HIV (4)
Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory[18] General fatigue
Physical fatigue
Reduced activity
Reduced motivation
Mental fatigue
20 Previous days 90': 14 00': 21 Malignancies (22)
Neurologic (4)
Mixed cancer patients (13)
Breast cancer (3)
Piper Fatigue Scale [19] Sensory
Affective meaning
Cognitive/mood
Behavioral/severity
76 Now 90': 13
00': 10
Malignancies (18)
Infections (2)
Breast cancer (10)
HIV (2)
Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy – Fatigue [20] 1 13 Past week 90': 2
00': 20
Malignancies (22) Mixed cancer patients (18)
Fatigue Impact Scale [21] Cognitive
Physical
Psychosocial
40 Past month 90': 5
00': 17
Neurologic (13)
Infections (4)
Multiple sclerosis (13)
Hepatitis C (4)
Christensen-Kehlet [22] 1 (function) 1 Now 80': 8
90': 12
00': 1
Post surgery (20) Abdominal surgery (20)
Checklist Individual Strength [23] Experience of fatigue
Concentration
Motivation
Physical activity
20 Past 2 weeks 90': 5
00': 11
Symptoms (6)
Malignancies (5)
CFS (6)
Multiple sclerosis (2)
Maastricht Questionnaire [24] 1 21 Now 80': 1
90': 7
00': 5
Cardiovascular (12) AMI (7)
Coronar artery sclerosis (5)
Brief Fatigue Inventory [25] 1 9 Now/24 hours 90': 1
00': 10
Malignancies (11) Mixed cancer patients (7)
Visual Analogue Scale-Fatigue [26] Energy
Fatigue
18 Now 90': 5
00': 6
Malignancies (5) Mixed cancers (3)
Fatigue Symptom Inventory [27] Intensity
Duration
Impact on quality of life
13 Now/past week 90': 5
00': 5
Malignancies (10) Breast cancer (6)
Mixed cancer patients (4)
Multidimensional Assessment of Fatigue [28] Degree
Severity
Distress
Impact on activities
Timing
16 Past week 90': 4
00': 6
Malignancies (5)
Rheumatological (3)
Mixed cancers (3)