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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): assessing symptoms & activity level

  [ 43 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • April 10, 1999

Current approaches to the diagnosis and assessment of Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) rely primarily on scales that measure
only the occurrence of various symptoms related to CFS. Such
approaches do not provide information on either the severity
of symptoms or on fluctuations in symptom severity and
activity level that occur over time. As a result, these
measures do not reflect the complexities and the
interrelations among symptoms. By obscuring the fluctuating
nature of CFS and its high variability, current assessment
procedures may prevent health care professionals from
understanding the complexities of this disease. The present
study provides two CFS case studies to illustrate the
advantages of using self-reporting rating scales in
combination with a device used to measure the frequency and
intensity of activity. The implications of this assessment
system, which captures the symptom dynamics and variability
involved in CFS, are discussed.

Jason LA, King CP, Frankenberry EL, Jordan KM, Tryon WW, Rademaker

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