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The quality of life of persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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By Anderson JS, Ferrans CE • www.ProHealth.com • June 13, 1997


This descriptive study used a between-methods triangulation design
to analyze the multiple dimensions of quality of life in
persons with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This method,
which refers to the combination of both quantitative and
qualitative methods in the same study, allowed the authors to
obtain more comprehensive and robust data than could be
obtained by either method alone. A convenience sample of 110
persons with CFS completed the quality of life index and CFS
questionnaire, and a subset of 22 persons were interviewed
regarding their lived experience with CFS. Overall scores on
the quality of life index were significantly lower in CFS than
for other chronic illness groups. Subjects reported the lowest
quality of life scores in health and functioning domain.
Indepth interviews provided a more complete understanding of
the quality of life in CFS and further explained the low
ratings that were found on the quality of life index. The
findings suggest that quality of life is particularly and
uniquely disrupted in CFS.




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