Fatigue and quality of sleep in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory disease

J Rheumatol Suppl. 2011 Nov;88:36-42. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.110902.


Fatigue, a systemic feeling of exhaustion, is a common symptom of many chronic illnesses, including immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID). IMID-related fatigue is associated with disease activity and pain and has detrimental effects on patient quality of life and overall well-being. Thus, routine assessment and management of fatigue in clinical practice is important. This article provides an overview of the prevalence, correlates, and predictors of fatigue in IMID. There is also discussion of the effects of different treatments on fatigue outcomes, as well as management recommendations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / physiopathology*
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Quality of Life
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / physiopathology*