The management of chronic fatigue syndrome in an inpatient setting: presentation of an approach and perceived outcome

Cox, Diane and Findley, Leslie J. (1998) The management of chronic fatigue syndrome in an inpatient setting: presentation of an approach and perceived outcome. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61 (9). pp. 405-409. Full text not available from this repository.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/030802269806100907

Abstract

This paper describes chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and methods of management in a National Health Service Neurological Sciences Facility. A retrospective postal survey was carried out to determine the perceived level of ability of CFS inpatients 6 months following discharge from an inpatient programme of CFS treatment and management. One hundred and ninety-nine patients were admitted into the CFS inpatient programme, aged 16-68 years and with a mean age of 39 years. A specifically designed self-report questionnaire was used to ascertain duration of fatigue, change in work pattern and current level of ability (6 months following the inpatient programme). One hundred and nine patients fulfilled the Centre for Disease Control 1994 criteria for CFS. At 6 months post-discharge, 89 (82%) patients had a perceived increase in level of ability compared with prior to their admission to hospital. The duration of symptoms appeared to affect outcome. A further controlled trial using published rating scales is currently under way to substantiate the findings.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
ISSN: 1477-6006
Departments: Research Office
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Lifelong and Interprofessional Learning > Public Health, Specialist and Advanced Practice > Health Improvement and Public Health QG
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2010 09:19
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 14:00
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/352

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