Neuroticism and Fatigue 3 Months After Ischemic Stroke: A Cross-Sectional Study

Chieh Grace Lau, Wai Kwong Tang, Xiang Xin Liu, Hua Jun Liang, Yan Liang, Vincent Mok, Adrian Wong, Gabor S. Ungvari, Mansur A. Kutlubaev, Ka Sing Wong

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    Objective To examine the relation between neuroticism and fatigue in Chinese patients with stroke. Design Cross-sectional study. Setting Acute stroke unit. Participants Survivors of ischemic stroke (N=191) recruited from the acute stroke unit between May 1, 2010, and September 1, 2011. Interventions Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures The personality trait of neuroticism was measured with the neuroticism subscale of the Chinese version of the NEO Five-Factor Inventory. The level of fatigue was measured with the Fatigue Assessment Scale. The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, Geriatric Depression Scale, Barthel Index, and Mini-Mental State Examination were administered to obtain demographic and clinical information. Results Fatigue severity 3 months after stroke positively correlated with Geriatric Depression Scale and NEO Five-Factor Inventory neuroticism scores and negatively correlated with the Barthel Index score. Conclusions Neuroticism, independent of depressive symptoms, is a predictor of fatigue severity 3 months after stroke. Interventions such as psychological screening programs are warranted for early detection of patients at high risk of poststroke depression.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)716-721
    Number of pages6
    JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


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