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Development of a Tool for Assessment of Post-Myocardial Infarction Fatigue
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7804-0342
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0339-2671
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8291-7223
Department of Cardiology, NU Hospital Group, Trollhättan, Sweden.
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2018 (English)In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 08, no 11, p. 811-822Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: After treatment for myocardial infarction (MI) quite a few persons will experience different symptoms, including fatigue, during the recovery phase. The aim of the present study was to construct the multidimensional Post-Myocardial Infarction Fatigue (PMIF) scale, based on empirical data gathered in coronary heart disease contexts. Methods: The construction of the post-MI fatigue scale was conducted in seven steps, ending in a psychometric evaluation of the internal structure of the scale, using confirmatory factor analysis, as well as testing of convergent and discriminant validity, using correlational analysis, in a sample of 141 persons treated for MI. Results: The results showed that the PMIF scale represents three dimensions: physical, cognitive and emotional fatigue. It was also found that the scale is suitable for summing the items to obtain a total score representing a post-MI global fatigue dimension. Conclusion: The PMIF is a brief and easily completed scale for identifying persons experiencing post-MI fatigue. Early identification of fatigue, together with health behavior support, might prevent progression toward a more severe state of fatigue.

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2018. Vol. 08, no 11, p. 811-822
Keywords [en]
Fatigue, Myocardial Infarction, Psychometric Evaluation, Scale Development
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13570DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2018.811061OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13570DiVA, id: diva2:1290243
Available from: 2019-02-20 Created: 2019-02-20 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved

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