In the primary care setting, fatigue is a common complaint, outnumbered only by cough. 41.9% of patients in an outpatient physical therapy setting reported unacceptable fatigue. Fatigue scores are weakly correlated to physical function and pain interference (using Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information Systems [PROMIS]). Therefore, detecting fatigue and addressing it directly is necessary.
Becker, Breanna; Kreider, Karina; Lawrence, Hannah; Winter, Kayla; Zimmerman, Caleb; Houck, Jeff; and Philbrook, Li-Zandre, "Screening and Addressing Fatigue Symptoms in Patients with Orthopedic Problems Using the PROMIS Fatigue Scale" (2020). Student-Faculty Research - School of Physical Therapy. 9.