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Interventions for post-stroke fatigue

McGeough E, Pollock A, Smith LN, Dennis M, Sharpe M, Lewis S, Mead GE
Published Online: 
8 July 2009

Fatigue is common and distressing after stroke. This review found three small, randomised controlled trials that recruited a total of 239 people who had had a stroke to three different treatments (two different drug treatments and one chronic disease self-management programme). At follow up, there was no difference in fatigue levels between the patients who received the active treatments and those who received usual care or placebo. However, the trials were too small to provide firm conclusions and further trials are required.