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Table 2 Attitude to RA-related fatigue (N = 110)

From: Rheumatologists’ knowledge, attitude and current management of fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Questions Yes Yes P
Total group (N = 110) Rheumatologists (N = 93) Trainees (N = 17)
Would you like to use an assessment instrument for fatigue? 56 58 60 NS
Fatigue is always a nursing diagnosis 1 1 0 NS
Fatigue is always a medical diagnosis 5 7 0 NS
Fatigue is always a multi-disciplinary diagnosis 57 54 77 NS
Preferably, fatigue should be treated by the rheumatologist 11 12 6 NS
Preferably, fatigue should be treated by the nurse 34 31 63 0.01
Patient with fatigue should always be referred to a psychologist 3 2 6 NS
After successfully treating a patient’s pain, the patient should be grateful that he/she only has fatigue 4 6 0 NS
As fatigue is a subjective symptom it cannot be measured 17 18 18 NS
Because there is no effective treatment for fatigue in RA patients, it is better not to ask the patient about it 4 5 0 NS
  1. Values are percentages
  2. NS Not significant