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Fatigue among visually impaired adults: a qualitative data

Rickers, F. (2016) Fatigue among visually impaired adults: a qualitative data.

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Abstract:Background: Fatigue is a common complaint in chronic diseases, and therefore theorized to be common in visual impairment as well. In order to investigate this topic, the patients’ point of view was assessed on five dimensions of fatigue. Method: Participants (n=9) were invited to take part in a semi-structured interview. The interviews were selectively and axially coded. Results: This study implies that fatigue is of great severity for the patients and impacts their everyday life and their emotional state drastically. Furthermore compensation as well as the factors caused by visual impairment itself cause and maintain fatigue. Last but not least, this study indicates that physical activity, social contacts as well as willpower provide means of control for the affected patient. Conclusion: This study provides useful information about determinants of fatigue among visually impaired patients which can be used to elicit further research. Additionally, the patients’ situation might improve due to resulting adjustments in treatment and coping strategies.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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