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Pain and depression are associated with both physical and mental fatigue independently of comorbidities and medications in primary Sjögren's syndrome

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kate Hackett, Kristen Davies, Dr Jessica Tarn, Ben Hargreaves, Dr Dennis Lendrem, Professor Fai Ng

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© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2019. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ. Objectives To report on fatigue in patients from the United Kingdom primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) registry identifying factors associated with fatigue and robust to assignable causes such as comorbidities and medications associated with drowsiness. Methods From our cohort (n = 608), we identified those with comorbidities associated with fatigue, and those taking medications associated with drowsiness. We constructed dummy variables, permitting the contribution of these potentially assignable causes of fatigue to be assessed. Using multiple regression analysis, we modelled the relationship between Profile of Fatigue and Discomfort physical and mental fatigue scores and potentially related variables. Results Pain, depression and daytime sleepiness scores were closely associated with both physical and mental fatigue (all p ≤ 0.0001). In addition, dryness was strongly associated with physical fatigue (p ≤ 0.0001). These effects were observed even after adjustment for comorbidities associated with fatigue or medications associated with drowsiness. Conclusions These findings support further research and clinical interventions targeting pain, dryness, depression and sleep to improve fatigue in patients with pSS. This finding is robust to both the effect of other comorbidities associated with fatigue and medications associated with drowsiness.


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Author(s): Hackett KL, Davies K, Tarn J, Bragg R, Hargreaves B, Miyamoto S, McMeekin P, Mitchell S, Bowman S, Price EJ, Pease C, Emery P, Andrews J, Lanyon P, Hunter J, Gupta M, Bombardieri M, Sutcliffe N, Pitzalis C, McLaren J, Cooper A, Regan M, Giles I, Isenberg D, Vadivelu S, Coady D, Dasgupta B, McHugh N, Young-Min S, Moots R, Gendi N, Akil M, Griffiths B, Lendrem DW, Ng W-F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: RMD Open

Year: 2019

Volume: 5

Issue: 1

Online publication date: 24/04/2019

Acceptance date: 27/03/2019

Date deposited: 15/05/2019

ISSN (electronic): 2056-5933

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group

URL: https://doi.org/10.1136/rmdopen-2018-000885

DOI: 10.1136/rmdopen-2018-000885


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