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Sydney Van AlstyneFollow

Start Date

17-8-2018 9:30 AM

End Date

17-8-2018 11:30 AM

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Background: Often, practitioners do not address their Rheumatoid Arthritis patients' fatigue and do not perceive it as a detriment to the patient's wellness. In actuality, fatigue has been determined to be proportionate to the other variables, such as pain and disease progression, of rheumatoid arthritis.

Objectives: to determine the cause(s) of fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis and determine how fatigue can be used in a clinical setting to determine disease progression and status in patients suffering from chronic illness.

Method: This integrative literature review was conducted using the keywords, “fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, young adults, perception of fatigue” to search the literature between 2005-2018.

Results: Pain and current disease status, perception of fatigue, coping strategies within an occupational setting were found to be the most important determinants to the degree of fatigue in RA. Fatigue is also determined to be the most accurate measurement of the patient’s pain and current disease activity.

Conclusions: This review found three determinants of pain and unfounded the hypothesis that fatigue is linked to physiological sources.

Keywords: fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, young adults, perception of fatigue

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Aug 17th, 9:30 AM Aug 17th, 11:30 AM

Fatigue Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis in Young Adults

Background: Often, practitioners do not address their Rheumatoid Arthritis patients' fatigue and do not perceive it as a detriment to the patient's wellness. In actuality, fatigue has been determined to be proportionate to the other variables, such as pain and disease progression, of rheumatoid arthritis.

Objectives: to determine the cause(s) of fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis and determine how fatigue can be used in a clinical setting to determine disease progression and status in patients suffering from chronic illness.

Method: This integrative literature review was conducted using the keywords, “fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, young adults, perception of fatigue” to search the literature between 2005-2018.

Results: Pain and current disease status, perception of fatigue, coping strategies within an occupational setting were found to be the most important determinants to the degree of fatigue in RA. Fatigue is also determined to be the most accurate measurement of the patient’s pain and current disease activity.

Conclusions: This review found three determinants of pain and unfounded the hypothesis that fatigue is linked to physiological sources.

Keywords: fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, young adults, perception of fatigue

 

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