ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

|
|
|
|

Trending News

Missing protein explains link between obesity, diabetes

Fish oil use associated with brain volume preservation

The Brain Boosting and Fatigue Fighting B-12

Genetic basis for distinct type of autism uncovered

Unsuspected aspect of immune regulation revealed: Role of B cells

IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, and Other Digestive Disorders

Explaining 'Healthy' Obesity

Sinus Congestion and Sinusitis, Healing Naturally

Ginger's Many Evidence-Based Health Benefits Revealed

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Lessen Severity of Osteoarthritis in Mice

 
Print Page
Email Article

ME/CFS can take greater toll on functional status than cancer and other chronic diseases, UK public health researchers report

  [ 21 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • May 27, 2011


Article:
The functional status and well being of people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and their carers
- Source: BMC Public Health, May 27, 2011

By Luis C Nacul, et al.

[Note: to read the full text of this free access article click HERE.]
 
Background: Diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS is largely based on clinical history, and exclusion of identifiable causes of chronic fatigue.

Characterization of cases and the impact of interventions have been limited due to clinical heterogeneity and a lack of reliable biomarkers for diagnosis and outcome measures.

People with ME/CFS (PWME) often report high levels of disability, which are difficult to measure objectively.

The well being of family members and those who care for PWME are also likely to be affected.

This study aimed to investigate the functional status and well being of PWME and their lay carers, and to compare them with people with other chronic conditions.

Methods: We used a cross sectional design to study 170 people aged between 18 and 64 years with well characterized ME/CFS, and 44 carers, using SF-36 v2TM.

Mean physical and mental domains scores (scales and component summaries) were calculated and compared internally and externally with reference standards for the general population and for population groups with 10 chronic diseases.

Results:
SF-36 scores in PWME were significantly reduced, especially within the physical domain (mean norm-based Physical Component Summary (PCS) score = 26.8), but also within the mental domain (mean norm-based score for Mental Component Summary (MCS) = 34.1).

The lowest and highest scale scores were for 'Role-Physical' (mean= 25.4) and 'Mental Health' (mean=36.7) respectively.

All scores were in general lower than those for the general population and disease-specific norms for other diseases.

Carers of those with ME/CFS tended to have low scores in relation to population norms, particularly within the mental domain (45.5).

Conclusions:

• ME/CFS is disabling and has a greater impact on functional status and well being than other chronic diseases such as cancer.

• The emotional burden of ME/CFS is felt by lay carers as well as by people with ME/CFS.

• We suggest the use of generic instruments such as SF-36, in combination of other objective outcome measurements, to describe patients and assess treatments.

Source:
BMC Public Health, May 27, 2011;11:402. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-402. Nacul LC, Lacerda EM, Campion P, Pheby D, Drachler M, Leite JC, Poland F, Howe A, Fayyaz S, Molokhia M. Department of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK. [Email: luis.nacul@lshtm.ac.uk]





Discuss This Article Post a Comment 




[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Featured Products

Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
FibroSleep™ by ProHealth FibroSleep™ by ProHealth
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function

Natural Remedies

Shoo Pain, Don't Bother Me - Top 10 Nutrients to Take Back Your Life Shoo Pain, Don't Bother Me - Top 10 Nutrients to Take Back Your Life
How I Found My Long-Lost Energy How I Found My Long-Lost Energy
The Revolutionary 'Good Fat' That Promotes Heart, Brain, Bone and Joint Health The Revolutionary 'Good Fat' That Promotes Heart, Brain, Bone and Joint Health
Protecting Our Eyes Against Time-Induced Damage Protecting Our Eyes Against Time-Induced Damage
Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia 101
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS 101
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE
CONTACT US
PRIVACY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing