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Dimensional assessment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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www.ProHealth.com • July 3, 1994


The absence of laboratory tests and clear criteria to identify
homogeneous (sub)groups in patients presenting with
unexplained fatigue, and to assess clinical status and
disability in these patients, calls for further assessment
methods. In the present study, a multi-dimensional approach to
the assessment of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is evaluated.
Two-hundred and ninety-eight patients with CFS completed a set
of postal questionnaires that assessed the behavioural,
emotional, social, and cognitive aspects of CFS. By means of
statistical analyses nine relatively independent dimensions of
CFS were identified along which CFS-assessment and
CFS-research can be directed. These dimensions were named:
psychological well-being, functional impairment in daily life,
sleep disturbances, avoidance of physical activity,
neuropsychological impairment, causal attributions related to
the complaints, social functioning, self-efficacy
expectations, and subjective experience of the personal
situation. A description of the study sample on these
dimensions is presented.

Vercoulen JH, Swanink CM, Fennis JF, Galama JM, van der Meer JW,
Bleijenberg G




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