Title: Fatigue after acquired brain injury
Type of assignment: BA
Internal or external?: External
Maximum number of students: 1
Individual collecting of data? Data will be collected at the neurology department Hospital Isala
Type of research: Quantitative survey data analysis
Description of the assignment:
Patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) including stroke, traumatic brain injury and subarachnoid hemorrhage describe fatigue as one of their most debilitating, severe and prevalent symptoms.
Fatigue is highly prevalent, but neglected in care for patients who are directly discharged home from hospital. Fatigue after ABI has a negative impact on all aspects of daily living, including mood, quality of life, social activities and work participation.
You will study the level and impact of fatigue symptoms in patients who are not referred to a rehabilitation centre after acute care in the hospital but who are discharged home. These patients do not get advises or coaching to deal with the consequences of the acquired brain injury and you will find out to which extent fatigue problems hinder their daily life.
You will apply a new questionnaire (Dutch Multifactor Fatigue Scale; DMFS) which is specifically developed for the measurement of fatigue symptoms in patients with brain injury. In addition to the description of symptoms and impact and its correlates, you will also examine the psychometric characteristics of this measurement instrument in order to determine reliability and validity.
Who are we looking for? You like applied quantitative research in a hospital setting and see the advantages of working together in a team with medical doctors and specialised nurses.
Collaborating with the neurology department of the hospital Isala in Zwolle means that you should be willing to travel occasionally to Zwolle for meetings with the neurology staff.
What are we offering? Applied research directly relevant and translatable to patient care
Supervisor: Dr. Christina Bode