Chronic fatigue syndrome: an evaluation of an occupational therapy inpatient intervention

Cox, Diane (2002) Chronic fatigue syndrome: an evaluation of an occupational therapy inpatient intervention. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65 (10). pp. 461-468. Full text not available from this repository.

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It has been stated that, although most chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients
can be treated in primary care and that cognitive behaviour therapy and
prescribed, graded aerobic exercise appear to be promising in outpatient
management, a minority of patients will require inpatient care (Royal Colleges
of Physicians, General Practitioners and Psychiatrists 1996). To date, little has
been written on the need for and impact of an inpatient approach for patients
with CFS. This study builds on previous work to show how patients with
complex CFS responded to a specifically designed occupational therapy
inpatient programme, using the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy and
graded activity.
A quasi-experimental study was carried out using current inpatients with those
on the waiting list as a comparison. At 6 months following discharge, a significant
difference between the groups in terms of symptoms and level of ability was not
demonstrated. However, a significant effect was shown in patients’ perceived
health, length of time tired and management of the illness. Thirty-one (72%) of
the inpatient group, compared with 10 (53%) of the comparison group, stated
that they felt better than the previous year. Thirty-one (72%) of the inpatient
group, compared with 7 (37%) of the comparison group, indicated better
management of their illness. These findings give some evidence of the need for
an inpatient CFS management programme for specific patients with complex CFS.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
ISSN: 0308-0226 (print) 1477-6006 (online)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies > Public Health, Specialist and Advanced Practice > Health Improvement and Public Health QG
Depositing User: Janet Henderson
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2009 16:44
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 16:08

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