Fatigue in patients with Parkinson's disease
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2001
Copyright © 1999 Movement Disorder Society
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 237–241, March 1999
How to Cite
Karlsen, K., Larsen, J. P., Tandberg, E. and Jørgensen, K. (1999), Fatigue in patients with Parkinson's disease. Mov. Disord., 14: 237–241. doi: 10.1002/1531-8257(199903)14:2<237::AID-MDS1006>3.0.CO;2-X
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2001
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Revised: 16 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Received: 5 OCT 1998
- Inge Stensland Foundation
- Parkinson's disease;
To compare the prevalence of fatigue in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) with that in healthy elderly people and to explore the suggestion that fatigue is an independent symptom of PD.
PATIENTS AND CONTROL SUBJECTS
233 patients derived from a prevalence study in the county of Rogaland, Norway and 100 healthy elderly people with the same age and sex distribution as the patients with PD.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE
A score for fatigue was obtained by combining the results from the rating scale for low energy in the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) with the results obtained from a 7-point scale devised to evaluate fatigue.
44.2% of the patients with PD and 18% of the healthy elderly control subjects reported fatigue. Fatigue was associated with depression, dementia, disease severity, disease duration, levodopa dose, and the use of sleeping pills. In a multivariate analysis, only depressive symptoms reached statistical significance. The prevalence of fatigue in patients with PD who were not depressed, demented, or had a sleeping disturbance was similar to that found in the total PD population.
Fatigue is a common symptom in PD. Although fatigue correlated with depressive symptoms, patients with PD who did not have depression, dementia, or sleep disturbances also reported a high prevalence of this symptom. This supports the hypothesis that fatigue is an independent symptom of PD overlapping with, but not causally related to, the concurrence of depressive symptoms.