The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Fatigue Scale (FACIT-Fatigue) is a 13-item measure that assesses self-reported fatigue and its impact upon daily activities and function. It was developed in the mid-1990’s to meet a growing demand for more precise evaluation of fatigue associated with anemia in cancer patients. Subsequent to its development, it has been employed in over 150 published studies including over 40,000 people. Since 1995, studied groups have included cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, cancer patients not receiving chemotherapy, long term cancer survivors, childhood cancer survivors and several other clinical samples, including people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, systemic sclerosis/scleroderma, sarcoidosis, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stroke, HIV/AIDS, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), hidradenitis suppurativa, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, primary Sjögren’s syndrome, Gaucher disease, chronic immune thrombocytopenia, chronic kidney disease, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as the general United States population. In all cases, the FACIT-Fatigue has been found to be reliable and valid. It is a subset of the longer (47-item) Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy – Anemia (FACT-An), which includes the 27-item FACT-G and a 20-item subscale addressing additional concerns associated with the anemia of cancer and its treatment. This 20-item subscale, referred to as the anemia subscale, is comprised of 13 items that assess fatigue and its impact (the FACIT-Fatigue), and 7 additional symptoms associated with anemia (e.g., shortness of breath; headache).
Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Fatigue Scale (FACIT-Fatigue)
NUMBER OF ITEMS:
Patients 18 years and older experiencing fatigue
Past 7 days
5 point Likert-type scale
Paper and electronic
Self-administration and interview when applicable
TIME FOR COMPLETION:
Less than 5 minutes
Manual scoring template, some items are reverse scored. Total scores possible. SAS/SPSS algorithms available.
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