About the Piper Fatigue Scale

About the Piper Fatigue Scale

The 22 question Piper Fatigue Scale Survey takes less than 2 minutes to complete and it will enable you to quickly and accurately assess your current level of fatigue. Originally developed to measure fatigue in cancer patients, the Piper Survey has been successfully used in a variety of medical areas for over 20 years now.

The results of the survey will tell you the degree to which fatigue is impacting several key areas of your life: Senses, Thinking, Behavior, Emotions and Overall.

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The Piper Fatigue Scale Survey is routinely used by medical researchers to scientifically measure fatigue levels in patients during clinical studies.

Now you can take the Piper Survey, have it graded automatically, and get your results instantly --- in the privacy of your own home, without having to qualify for a study and absolutely free of charge.

Take This Scientific Fatigue Measurement Survey

Take the Piper Fatigue Survey

Once you have access to the survey, just complete the 22 questions and click the process button. You will immediately get your results detailing four areas of fatigue, along with your overall score.

Note: No information about your results is kept on our server. Your results are personal, private and confidential, in full compliance with HIPPA, the national health privacy act.


Medical Definition of Fatigue

The official NANDA (North American Nursing Diagnosis Association) Diagnosis of fatigue defines fatigue as, "An overwhelming sustained sense of exhaustion and decreased capacity for physical and mental work."

What Fatigue Includes

Major defining characteristics include, "Verbalization of an unremitting and overwhelming lack of energy, and inability to maintain usual routines.", while minor characteristics include, "Perceived need for additional energy to accomplish routine tasks; increase in physical complaints; emotionally labile or irritable; impaired ability to concentrate; decreased performance; lethargic or listless; disinterest in surroundings/introspection; decreased libido, and accident prone."

Finally, related factors include, "Decreased/increased metabolic energy production; overwhelming psychological or emotional demands; increased energy requirements to perform activities of daily living; excessive social and/or role demands; states of discomfort, and altered body chemistry (e.g., medications, drug withdrawal, chemotherapy)".

More Classifications

Although the actual mechanisms that produce fatigue are unknown, it is thought that changes in biological and psychosocial patterns can influence signs and symptoms of fatigue. These patterns include: Accumulation of metabolites, changes in energy and energy substrates, activity/rest, sleep/wake, disease/treatment, symptoms, oxygenation, changes in regulation/transmission, psychological, and other related patterns, including environmental, social, life events, and host characteristics.

The "Common" Complaint

The most common complaint of patients seeking medical care from general medical practitioners is fatigue or loss of energy. Chronic fatigue (intractable fatigue lasting more than 6 months and not reversed by sleep) is reported by approximately one quarter of all patients seeking medical care.

Fatigue has been in the medical literature for hundreds of years in many forms and indicated by several different historical terms, but it has been only recently that fatigue has been defined and attempts made to determine the extent of fatigue and its possible causes.

Still Learning

Although we now know much more about fatigue, its universal definition remains to be determined. It is thought to be a multi-dimensional sensation with many possible causes. Most people understand fatigue as a loss of energy and inability to perform even simple tasks without exertion.

Since an individual's subjective experience of fatigue provides the most reliable assessment of its progression or reduction, an accurate measurement tool seeks to encompass the various complex modalities associated with fatigue.

Ease of Use

The Piper Fatigue Scale Survey is a self-report tool that has been shown to accurately reflect the various factors associated with fatigue, both through clinical studies, and statistical factor analysis.

The Piper Fatigue Scale Survey is offered free of charge at this website to enable you to accurately assess the degree to which you, as a sufferer of fatigue, may benefit from Fatigue Relief Plus™.

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