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Fatigue and Stroke

Authors

  • Kathleen Michael MSN RN CRRN

    Doctoral Student, Corresponding author
    1. Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and a patient care manager at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD
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525 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287, or e-mail: kmichael@jhmi.edu

Abstract

Under disabling conditions such as stroke, fatigue may worsen other symptoms and impede full participation in a rehabilitation program. The functional improvement needed to regain mobility and independence may be impacted significantly by fatigue. This article explores the symptom of fatigue and its relation to stroke from a rehabilitation perspective. It examines theoretical models, operational definitions, fatigue as a response to stroke, assessment and measurement instruments, symptom management strategies, and future research directions.

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