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A Natural History Study of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

Rehabil Psychol. 2011 Feb;56(1):32-42.

A natural history study of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Jason LAPorter NHunnell JBrown ARademaker ARichman JA.

DePaul University.

Abstract

 

Objective: There is a need for natural history chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) studies from random, community-based, multi-ethnic populations.

Design: The present study examined the course of CFS from Wave 1 to Wave 2, which spanned over a ten year period of time, and, assessed whether socio-environmental and symptomatology factors were associated with CFS status over the ten year period.

Results: There was relative stability over time on critical measures of disability, fatigue, support, optimism and coping over time. One cardinal symptoms of CFS, post-exertional malaise, best differentiated the CFS group from the others. By Wave 2, of the original group of 32 individuals diagnosed with CFS, 4 had died, and 24 were found and agreed to be re-evaluated, and of this group, 16 continued to have CFS, 5 developed exclusionary illnesses, 2 were classified as Idiopathic chronic fatigue, and one had remitted.

Conclusions: The current study found that over time in a community-based sample, unbiased by help seeking behavior the CFS group remained rather ill with a variety of different conditions over time. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved).

PMID: 21401284 [PubMed - in process]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21401284