What is the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS)?
The goal of the Fatigue Severity Scale is to ascertain the level of fatigue felt by a person in the last week. Because of this, fatigue scores may change over time — and they likely will for a person struggling with fatigue as a symptom of lupus.
The Fatigue Severity Scale is made up of 9 statements that are evaluated by the person taking the test. A 7-step, Likert scale is used to rate each response with higher numbers representing stronger agreement by the respondent.
The score of the scale is generated by calculating the average response to the questions.
Sounds confusing… What’s it look like?
Yup. This is one of those where it’s easier just to see it.
- Consider the past week when answering questions
- Choose only one answer for each question
- 1 = Strongly Disagree; 7 = Strongly Agree
How can I take the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS)?
- Use the LupusCorner Facebook bot!
- By using the LupusCorner bot, you can answer the 9 questions in under a minute and get your score automatically. Additionally, we can save your responses and scores for you and provide an export of the data so you can track your fatigue over time to share with your clinicians. And, we can give you reminders so you keep tracking your fatigue!
- Use pen and paper (here’s a PDF of the FSS)