Online Nursing Journal Club
Welcome to the online Nursing Journal Club! The articles for this month will count for 1 continuing education credit and will be available through July 31.
The Diabetes Educator May/June 2013 39 no. 3: 320-326, first published on March 8, 2013
Methods: The Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS), Fatigue Assessment Scale (FAS), and Visual Analog Fatigue Scale (VAFS) were administered by anonymous survey of 37 individuals with and 33 individuals without diabetes to assess the presence of fatigue. Data on age, gender, weight, height, year of diagnosis, and number/type of complications were also collected. Nonparametric tests tested for differences in fatigue measures between the groups, and distribution characteristics of the FAS, FSS, and VAFS scores were examined. Spearman rank correlation coefficients examined the relationships between the variables.
Results: People with diabetes scored higher on all 3 fatigue assessment scales as compared to controls (FAS: 25.11 vs 19.94, P = .001; FSS: 4.30 vs 2.59, P = .000; VAFS: 4.64 vs 1.75, P = .000). Data were normally distributed for FSS in the group with diabetes and the group without diabetes, and scores of FAS, FSS, and VAFS showed no ceiling effects. A positive correlation was noted between fatigue measures and number of complications (r = .482; P = .003).
Conclusions: Higher levels of fatigue were noted in people with type 2 diabetes as compared to healthy age-matched control; however, the cause and impact of these changes remain unclear. FSS is a recommended tool for measuring fatigue in this population. Further studies are needed to explore the contributing factors to fatigue in those with diabetes.
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Available Credits: 1Contact Hour
Instructions for receiving the credits:
There are 3 parts to earning CE credit for this article. All components must be completed between July 1 and July 31, 2013.
To add some extra excitement to our Journal Club, we will be offering a $25 gift card in a raffle drawing for members that earn CE credit over the next three months. Raffle will take place at the end of September. Be sure to participate so your name will be included in the drawing. As an additional perk, if a participant encourages another Journal Club member to join in the discussion (and the referred member states the referring member’s name in their discussion), we will add the referring member’s name an additional time in the drawing. Remember that both members must earn their CE credit for the month for the referring member to be entered an additional time in the drawing.
The winner will be notified by e-mail and the gift card will be sent to them within 2 weeks after the close of the month.
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It should take you approximately 1 hour to read the articles, take the quiz and complete the evaluation.
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital- Professional Practice Committee, (OH-387, 9/28/2013) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest(s). This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital has not received any commercial support for this program. There will not be any endorsement of products or discussion of off-lable use.
The Marianjoy Online Nursing Journal Club is a joint effort between the Nursing Department, the Medical Library, and the Research Department