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Prevalence of Fatigue in Patients with Asthma

J Clin Med; ePub 2018 Nov 23; Van Herck, et al

Severe fatigue is highly prevalent in patients with asthma and moderately associated with dyspnea, asthma control, and asthma-related quality of life (QOL), a new study found. The retrospective cross-sectional study of outpatients with asthma upon referral to a chest physician assessed fatigue, lung function, asthma control, exercise capacity, and asthma-related QOL. Researchers found:

  • 733 patients with asthma (mean age 47.4 ±16.3 years, 41% male) were eligible and analyzed.
  • Severe fatigue was detected in 62.6% of patients.
  • Fatigue was not related to airflow limitation but was moderately related to asthma control, asthma-related QOL, and dyspnea.
  • In stepwise multiple regression analysis, 28.9% of variance in fatigue was explained by asthma control, dyspnea, and age.

Citation:

Van Herck M, Spruit MA, Burtin C, et al. Fatigue is highly prevalent in patients with asthma and contributes to the burden of disease. [Published online ahead of print November 23, 2018]. J Clin Med. doi:10.3390/jcm7120471.