Characterisation of fatigue and its substantial impact on health status in a large cohort of patients with chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA).

TitleCharacterisation of fatigue and its substantial impact on health status in a large cohort of patients with chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA).
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsAl-Shair, K, Muldoon, EG, Morris, J, Atherton, GT, Kosmidis, C, Denning, DW
JournalRespir Med
Volume114
Pagination117-22
Date Published2016 May
ISSN1532-3064
Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Fatigue is a prominent disabling symptom in several pulmonary diseases. Its impact on health status in patients with chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) has not been investigated.

METHODS: A total of 151 CPA patients attending the National Aspergillosis Centre completed Manchester COPD Fatigue Scale (MCFS), St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) and Medical Research Council (MRC) dyspnoea score. Lung function and BMI were measured. Univariate, multivariate linear and binary analyses, and principal component analysis (PCA) were used.

RESULTS: Female patients accounted for 44%. The mean (range) of age was 59.6 (31-83) years, FEV1% was 64 (14-140), BMI was 23.6 (16.3-43.4), SGRQ total score was 56 (4-96.2) and MCFS total score was 30.6 (0-54). PCA showed that 27 items of MCFS loaded on three components; physical, psychosocial and cognitive fatigue, explaining 78.4% of fatigue variance. MCFS score correlated strongly with total SGRQ score (r = 0.83, p 

CONCLUSION: Fatigue is a major component of impaired health status of CPA patients.

DOI10.1016/j.rmed.2016.03.020
Alternate JournalRespir Med
PubMed ID27109821