A recent study finds that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients reporting severe fatigue are at a ten times higher risk for hospitalization than those who report less severe fatigue. Fatigue is the second-most common symptom for patients with COPD behind shortness of breath. More specifics on the study are below, but the takeaway message is don’t let fatigue build or try to tough it out. Our homecare services can help address fatigue and improve a client’s experience with COPD by providing support with activities of daily living at home.
In the recent study, researchers analyzed data from the Identity-Consequences Fatigue Scale (ICFS) of 100 participants with COPD. The ICFS evaluates feelings of fatigue and vigor as well as effect on concentration, energy and activities of daily living. The study authors converted the collected information into a numerical fatigue scale, with 0 being the least fatigued and 10 being the most fatigued. Participants’ hospital admissions were recorded over a 20-month period. In addition, the findings also point to fatigue being associated with longer hospital stays for these patients.
Source: Paddison J, Effing T, Quinn S, Frith P. Fatigue in COPD: association with functional status and hospitalizations. European Respiratory Journal, 2013; 41 (3): 565-570.