A Model of Fatigue Following Traumatic Brain Injury

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Objective: Fatigue is one of the most frequent sequelae of traumatic brain injury (TBI), although its causes are poorly understood. This study investigated the interrelationships between fatigue and sleepiness, vigilance performance, depression, and anxiety, using a structural equation modeling approach. Methods: Seventy-two participants with moderate to severe TBI (78 males) were recruited a median of 305 days postinjury. They completed the Fatigue Severity Scale, a vigilance task, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. A model of the interrelationships between the study variables was developed, tested, and modified with path analysis. Results: The modified model had a good overall fit (?22 = 1.3, P =.54; comparative fit index = 1.0; root-mean square error of approximation = 0.0; standardized root-mean square residual = 0.02). Most paths in this model were significant (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277 - 282
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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