Fatigue in polio survivors

Spinal Cord. 2001 May;39(5):243-51. doi: 10.1038/sj.sc.3101147.


Objectives: Fatigue is commonly reported among polio survivors. The aims of the present study were to examine the incidence of perceived fatigue among a sample of Norwegian polio survivors, and to examine the association between the level of fatigue and sociodemographic and health variables.

Materials and methods: A mailed questionnaire containing, among others, Fatigue Questionnaire, Fatigue Severity Scale, sociodemographic and health variables were sent to a representative group of 312 Norwegian polio survivors. 276 subjects (88%) answered the questionnaire.

Results: The incidence of fatigue among the polio survivors were considerably higher than in the normative data. Physical fatigue, more than mental fatigue, represented the major problems. Polio subjects who reported severe fatigue had significantly more other diseases and health problems than the normative group.

Conclusions: The diagnosis and treatment of other or related physical conditions should be given higher priority in the management of persons with late effects of poliomyelitis, as these conditions probably can be the reasons for fatigue more than poliomyelitis sequelae alone.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Comorbidity
  • Fatigue / diagnosis*
  • Fatigue / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Poliomyelitis / diagnosis
  • Poliomyelitis / epidemiology*
  • Poliomyelitis / therapy
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Survivors