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Functional status of persons with chronic fatigue syndrome in the Wichita, Kansas, population.

Solomon L, Nisenbaum R, Reyes M, Papanicolaou DA, Reeves WC - Health Qual Life Outcomes (2003)

Bottom Line: Participants were asked about symptoms, medical and psychiatric illnesses, and about physical, social, and recreational functioning.Persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and other fatiguing illnesses had substantially less energy and spent less time on hobbies, schooling, or volunteer work than did non-fatigued controls (P <.01).Persons with chronic fatigue syndrome are as impaired as persons whose fatigue could be explained by a medical or psychiatric condition, and they have less energy than non-fatigued controls.

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Affiliation: Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA. zfk9@cdc.gov

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Background: Scant research has adequately addressed the impact of chronic fatigue syndrome on patients' daily activities and quality of life. Enumerating specific problems related to quality of life in chronic fatigue syndrome patients can help us to better understand and manage this illness. This study addresses issues of functional status in persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and other fatiguing illnesses in a population based sample, which can be generalized to all persons with chronic fatigue.

Methods: We conducted a random telephone survey in Wichita, Kansas to identify persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and other fatiguing illnesses. Respondents reporting severe fatigue of at least 1 month's duration and randomly selected non-fatigued respondents were asked to participate in a detailed telephone interview. Participants were asked about symptoms, medical and psychiatric illnesses, and about physical, social, and recreational functioning. Those meeting the 1994 chronic fatigue syndrome case definition, as determined on the basis of their telephone responses, were invited for clinical evaluation to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. For this analysis, we evaluated unemployment due to fatigue, number of hours per week spent on work, chores, and other activities (currently and prior to the onset of fatigue), and energy level.

Results: There was no difference between persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and persons with a chronic fatigue syndrome-like illness that could be explained by a medical or psychiatric condition for any of the outcomes we measured except for unemployment due to fatigue (15% vs. 40%, P <.01). Persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and other fatiguing illnesses had substantially less energy and spent less time on hobbies, schooling, or volunteer work than did non-fatigued controls (P <.01).

Conclusions: Persons with chronic fatigue syndrome are as impaired as persons whose fatigue could be explained by a medical or psychiatric condition, and they have less energy than non-fatigued controls.

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Changes from before onset of fatigue to time of interview in number of hours per week spent on activities by different fatigue groups. §Hours reported at time of interview were significantly different from hours prior to the onset of fatigue (P < .01). Bars represent 25th to 75th percentile.
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Figure 3: Changes from before onset of fatigue to time of interview in number of hours per week spent on activities by different fatigue groups. §Hours reported at time of interview were significantly different from hours prior to the onset of fatigue (P < .01). Bars represent 25th to 75th percentile.

Mentions: Figure 3 shows the change in reported hours per week for work, chores, other activities, and total meaningful activity from before onset of fatigue to time of interview. The change in hours of activity reported is striking. All fatigued groups with and without exclusions reported that they spent significantly less time on all activities after the onset of their fatiguing illness (P ≤ .01), with the exception of the Prolonged Fatigue group without exclusionary conditions, which reported no change in the number of hours worked per week. The magnitude of the decrease in activity was greatest among the Explained Syndromic Fatigue and CFS groups (P < .01); however, the decreases in these two groups did not differ from each other (P = .16–.79).


Functional status of persons with chronic fatigue syndrome in the Wichita, Kansas, population.

Solomon L, Nisenbaum R, Reyes M, Papanicolaou DA, Reeves WC - Health Qual Life Outcomes (2003)

Changes from before onset of fatigue to time of interview in number of hours per week spent on activities by different fatigue groups. §Hours reported at time of interview were significantly different from hours prior to the onset of fatigue (P < .01). Bars represent 25th to 75th percentile.
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Figure 3: Changes from before onset of fatigue to time of interview in number of hours per week spent on activities by different fatigue groups. §Hours reported at time of interview were significantly different from hours prior to the onset of fatigue (P < .01). Bars represent 25th to 75th percentile.
Mentions: Figure 3 shows the change in reported hours per week for work, chores, other activities, and total meaningful activity from before onset of fatigue to time of interview. The change in hours of activity reported is striking. All fatigued groups with and without exclusions reported that they spent significantly less time on all activities after the onset of their fatiguing illness (P ≤ .01), with the exception of the Prolonged Fatigue group without exclusionary conditions, which reported no change in the number of hours worked per week. The magnitude of the decrease in activity was greatest among the Explained Syndromic Fatigue and CFS groups (P < .01); however, the decreases in these two groups did not differ from each other (P = .16–.79).

Bottom Line: Participants were asked about symptoms, medical and psychiatric illnesses, and about physical, social, and recreational functioning.Persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and other fatiguing illnesses had substantially less energy and spent less time on hobbies, schooling, or volunteer work than did non-fatigued controls (P <.01).Persons with chronic fatigue syndrome are as impaired as persons whose fatigue could be explained by a medical or psychiatric condition, and they have less energy than non-fatigued controls.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA. zfk9@cdc.gov

ABSTRACT

Background: Scant research has adequately addressed the impact of chronic fatigue syndrome on patients' daily activities and quality of life. Enumerating specific problems related to quality of life in chronic fatigue syndrome patients can help us to better understand and manage this illness. This study addresses issues of functional status in persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and other fatiguing illnesses in a population based sample, which can be generalized to all persons with chronic fatigue.

Methods: We conducted a random telephone survey in Wichita, Kansas to identify persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and other fatiguing illnesses. Respondents reporting severe fatigue of at least 1 month's duration and randomly selected non-fatigued respondents were asked to participate in a detailed telephone interview. Participants were asked about symptoms, medical and psychiatric illnesses, and about physical, social, and recreational functioning. Those meeting the 1994 chronic fatigue syndrome case definition, as determined on the basis of their telephone responses, were invited for clinical evaluation to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. For this analysis, we evaluated unemployment due to fatigue, number of hours per week spent on work, chores, and other activities (currently and prior to the onset of fatigue), and energy level.

Results: There was no difference between persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and persons with a chronic fatigue syndrome-like illness that could be explained by a medical or psychiatric condition for any of the outcomes we measured except for unemployment due to fatigue (15% vs. 40%, P <.01). Persons with chronic fatigue syndrome and other fatiguing illnesses had substantially less energy and spent less time on hobbies, schooling, or volunteer work than did non-fatigued controls (P <.01).

Conclusions: Persons with chronic fatigue syndrome are as impaired as persons whose fatigue could be explained by a medical or psychiatric condition, and they have less energy than non-fatigued controls.

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Related in: MedlinePlus