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Title

The SF-36 and the MFI-20 in assessing fatigue among female caregivers of male hemodialysis patients

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Mental Health and Aging

Volume

8

Issue

2

First Page

151

Last Page

159

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test the reliability and convergent validity of the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory-20 (MFI-20) and the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36) in operationalizing fatigue among female caregivers of male dialysis patients. Forty-five spouses or first-degree female caregivers in northern and eastern Iowa were administered the 2 measures, The data were analyzed by regressing, in turn, the 8 subscales of the SF-36 backwards on the 5 subscales of the MFI-20. Scores on 4 of the 5 MFI-20 subscales accounted for a moderate amount of variance on the physical domain of the SF-36 subscales. Fatigue among caregivers and limitations of generalization are addressed.

Original Publication Date

6-1-2002

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