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Culture Work and Disability in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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By Author: Norma C. Ware Ph.D • www.ProHealth.com • February 1, 1999


Researchers interviewed sixty people suffering from CFS to investigate the incompatibilities of CFS symptoms and expectations required within the workplace which cause sufferers of the disease to be at risk for unemployment. Interviews with the participants were audio-taped, transcribed, and subjected to a thematic analysis.

Results indicated that confusion and pain makes it hard for CFS patients to commute to the workplace. Along the same lines, symptoms are unpredictable, which make a set schedule hard to follow. Cognitively, memory and concentration problems also hinder the ability to perform tasks, and fatigue lowers productivity. Overall, a workplace in which there is flexibility and no physical demands will lesson work-related disability amongst CFS sufferers.



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