Comparison of Legacy Fatigue Measures With the PROMIS Pediatric Fatigue Short Form

Oncol Nurs Forum. 2018 Jan 1;45(1):106-114. doi: 10.1188/18.ONF.106-114.


Objectives: To compare Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Pediatric Fatigue Short Form measures and legacy patient-reported outcome fatigue measures to capture cancer-related fatigue change in pediatric patients with cancer. .

Sample & setting: 96 racially diverse children and adolescents with cancer. The study occurred in a 32-bed inpatient unit and three regional outpatient clinics. .

Methods & variables: The Fatigue Scale-Child, Fatigue Scale-Adolescent, and the PROMIS Pediatric Fatigue Short Form measures were administered at three time points during chemotherapy. Descriptive, correlational, psychometric, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses were conducted. The variable was pediatric patient-reported fatigue. .

Results: All measures were positively correlated at each time point. ROC curves were not statistically different from each other at any data point. .

Implications for nursing: Nurses have psychometrically strong options for measuring cancer-related fatigue in pediatric patients with cancer, but the PROMIS Pediatric Fatigue Short Form is applicable to more age groups.

Keywords: PROMIS; fatigue; patient-reported outcomes; pediatric oncology.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • District of Columbia
  • Fatigue / diagnosis*
  • Fatigue / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maryland
  • Neoplasms / complications*
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Pain Measurement / methods*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self Report
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Virginia


  • Antineoplastic Agents