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

|
|
|
|

Trending News

Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs, and Spices

Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45%

Latent HIV may lurk in 'quiet' immune cells, research suggests

Multiple sclerosis: pathological progression of the disease documented for the first time

Propolis - The Natural Antibiotic for MRSA, Candida, and More

Activate Your Natural Killer Cells

Microbiome linked to type 1 diabetes

Baylor Scientist Finds First Direct Evidence of Gene-Exposure Link in Gulf War Illness

Lyme disease costs up to $1. 3 billion per year to treat, study finds

 
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]




Please 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

Save on Vitamins and Supplements

Featured Products

Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® by ProHealth Optimized Curcumin Longvida® by ProHealth
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
FibroSleep™ by ProHealth FibroSleep™ by ProHealth
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid

Natural Remedies

Rejuvenating the Brain - How PQQ Helps Power Up Mental Processing Rejuvenating the Brain - How PQQ Helps Power Up Mental Processing
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unlocking the Secrets of Peppermint, Acacia and Fennel Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unlocking the Secrets of Peppermint, Acacia and Fennel
IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, and Other Digestive Disorders IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, and Other Digestive Disorders
"It's Not Easy Being Green" - But It Is Healthy
The Curcumin Revolution: The Curcumin Revolution: "Golden" Ticket to Better Health

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