Physiological and psychological markers associated with HIV-related fatigue

Julie Barroso, John R. Carlson, Janet Meynell

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Abstract

Fatigue is among the most common and debilitating complaints of HIV-positive individuals. These data are part of a larger exploratory study investigating the relationships of selected psychological and physiological factors among 40 participants with HIV-related fatigue. Fatigue severity was measured using the HIV-Related Fatigue Scale. Fatigue was correlated with depression (r = .40, p < .01), state anxiety (r = .40, p < .01), and trait anxiety (r = .46, p <. 01). Of the physiological factors, there were three statistically significant correlations: thyroid-stimulating hormone was negatively correlated with fatigue severity (r = -.36, p = .02), and platelets (r = .35, p = .03) and alkaline phosphatase (r = .27, p = .09) were positively correlated with fatigue severity. There were no correlations between fatigue severity and CD4 count (r = -.16, p = .31) or fatigue severity and HIV viral load levels (r = . 031, p = .84). Even among the group with excellent viral suppression, fatigue scores were still very high for many participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-68
Number of pages20
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Volume12
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Fatigue
HIV
Psychology
Anxiety
Thyrotropin
CD4 Lymphocyte Count
Viral Load
Alkaline Phosphatase
Blood Platelets
Depression

Keywords

  • Fatigue
  • HIV
  • Physiological markers
  • Psychological markers

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  • Nursing(all)

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Barroso, J., Carlson, J. R., & Meynell, J. (2003). Physiological and psychological markers associated with HIV-related fatigue. Clinical Nursing Research, 12(1), 49-68.

Physiological and psychological markers associated with HIV-related fatigue. / Barroso, Julie; Carlson, John R.; Meynell, Janet.

In: Clinical Nursing Research, Vol. 12, No. 1, 02.2003, p. 49-68.

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Barroso, J, Carlson, JR & Meynell, J 2003, 'Physiological and psychological markers associated with HIV-related fatigue', Clinical Nursing Research, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 49-68.
Barroso, Julie ; Carlson, John R. ; Meynell, Janet. / Physiological and psychological markers associated with HIV-related fatigue. In: Clinical Nursing Research. 2003 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 49-68.
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