Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
FINI, Andrea and CRUZ, Diná de Almeida Lopes Monteiro da. Characteristics of fatigue in heart failure patients: a literature review. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.4, pp. 557-565. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692009000400019.
This is a literature review report to describe characteristics (frequency, intensity and correlates) of fatigue in cases of heart failure. MedLine and LILACS were the examined databases. Out of 89 articles identified, 27 were selected for data extraction. Fatigue frequency ranged from 69% to 88% and fatigue intensities are incomparable due to differences in measurement scales. Quality of life, illness progression, physical activity, social and demographic variables, comorbidity, treatment and who assessed the fatigue were variables studied in relation to fatigue. The diversity of fatigue assessment methods causes difficulties to integrate results on fatigue frequency, characteristics and related factors. No study was found on fatigue characteristics in samples of Brazilian heart failure patients.
Keywords : fatigue; heart failure; review literature; nursing diagnosis.