Full title: A natural history study of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Authors: Jason LA, Porter N, Hunnell J, Brown A, Rademaker A, Richman JA.
Publication: Rehabil Psychol. 56(1):32-42.
Publication date: 2011 Feb
There is a need for natural history chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) studies from random, community-based, multi-ethnic populations.
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.
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]
View this abstract in PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21401284