Biopsychosocial predictors of fatigue in chronic hepatitis C

Robin C. Hilsabeck, Tarek I. Hassanein, William Perry

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Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship of biopsychosocial variables to fatigue in patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) with the goal of identifying areas of possible intervention. Method: Ninety-four patients with CHC not on antiviral therapy completed a demographic questionnaire and measures of fatigue, health-related quality of life, and depression. Fibrosis stage and relevant medical information were obtained from medical records. Results: A stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed that the most significant predictor of fatigue was poor social functioning, followed by poor physical functioning, greater depression, and female gender. Together, these variables accounted for 68% of the total variance in fatigue. Discussion: Study findings suggest that treatment strategies for fatigue in patients with CHC should focus on increasing social functioning in addition to improving physical functioning and decreasing depressive symptoms. Research investigating the effectiveness of interventions targeting social functioning, such as support groups and supportive counseling, is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005

Keywords

  • Chronic illness
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Gender differences
  • Hepatitis C
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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