Validating the Saligan Fatigue Inventory (SalFI)
Review TypePeer-review: Single Blind
Repository Posting Date2017-11-30T19:10:05Z
Author(s)Dickinson, Kristin; Albrecht, Tara; Wilson, Christina; Raheem, Sumiyya; Zhang, Xuemin; Saligan, Leorey N.
Author DetailsKristin Dickinson, PhD, RN OCN; Tara Albrecht, PhD, RN; Christina Wilson, BSN, RN; Sumiyya Raheem, BS; Xuemin Zhang, PhD; Leorey N. Saligan, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN
Lead Author Sigma AffliationNon-member
Level of EvidenceCohort Study
Research ApproachQuantitative Research
Keywordsfatigue; observer-reported outcome; cancer-related fatigue; treatment outcome; instrument development; clinician-administered instrument
CINAHL HeadingsCancer Fatigue; Outcome Assessment -- Methods; Outcome Assessment; Instrument Validation; Instrument Construction; Clinical Assessment Tools; Treatment Outcomes
Background: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a very distressing symptom reported by oncology patients. Currently, CRF is measured by self-report instruments. Although clinician-administered questionnaires are more sensitive than self-report scales, there is no available clinician-administered instrument that is validated to measure CRF.
Purpose: This nurse-led, prospective, repeated measures study investigated the reliability and validity of a 7-item Saligan Fatigue Inventory (SalFI), a recently developed, clinician-administered tool to measure CRF.
Methods: Significant correlations between SalFI and other reliable and valid CRF measures (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy–Fatigue [FACT-F], revised Piper Fatigue Scale [rPFS]) were explored using Spearman correlation tests. A global correlation matrix to compare correlations among study time points was developed using the Benjamin-Hockberg method. Study subjects were followed at baseline (T1, before primary cancer treatment), one month (T2) and 3 months (T3) after cancer treatment initiation from two study centers. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Boards of both recruitment centers.
Results: A total of 60 subjects were enrolled in the study. The SalFI was highly correlated with both FACT-F (rho=0.69, ppp
Conclusion: The SalFI is a reliable and valid clinician-administered measure of CRF. Validation studies in other cancer populations, other clinical populations, and in other languages are warranted.
Funder(s)The DAISY Foundation; National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, Division of Intramural Research
Date of Publication11/30/2017
NotesThis work has been approved through a peer-review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.
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