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Measurement of fatigue in HIV-positive adults: reliability and validity of the Global Fatigue Index.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11387807     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fatigue is among the most common and distressing symptoms in patients with HIV/AIDS. Little is known about the clinical assessment of fatigue, especially in patients using highly active antiretroviral regimens. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Global Fatigue Index (GFI) in a community-based sample of 209 patients with HIV/AIDS. The GFI is a measure that quantifies five dimensions of fatigue from the Multidimensional Assessment of Fatigue instrument into one score. To assess construct validity, the study included measures of depression, perceived stress, activities of daily living (ADLs), health behaviors, and clinical markers. Cronbach's alpha was calculated for internal consistency reliability, and factor analysis and bivariate correlations were conducted. The GFI was found to be easily self-administered, reliable, and a valid measure of overall fatigue burden in an HIV population. This instrument may be used by clinicians and researchers for assessing fatigue.
J Bormann; M Shively; T L Smith; A L Gifford
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1055-3290     ISO Abbreviation:  J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care     Publication Date:    2001 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-06-04     Completed Date:  2001-10-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111870     Medline TA:  J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-83     Citation Subset:  IM; N; X    
San Diego State University School of Nursing, USA.
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MeSH Terms
HIV Infections*
Middle Aged
Questionnaires / standards*
Reproducibility of Results
Severity of Illness Index
Grant Support

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