Abstract: Chronic fatigue syndrome: symptom subtypes in a community based sample

Women Health 2003;37(1):1-13

Jason LA, Taylor RR, Kennedy CL, Jordan KM, Song S, Johnson D, Torres-Harding S.

Center for Community Research, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60614, USA. ljason@wppost.depaul.edu

Most studies of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have been based on patients recruited from primary or tertiary care settings. Patients from such settings might not be typical of patients in the general population. The present investigation involved examining individuals with CFS from a community-based study. A random sample of 18,675 respondents in Chicago were first interviewed by telephone. A group of individuals with chronic fatigue accompanied by at least four Fukuda et al. (1994) symptoms associated with CFS were given medical and psychiatric examinations. From this sample, a physician review group diagnosed individuals with CFS. Those diagnosed with CFS were subclassified based on frequency of symptoms. Important differences emerged on measures of sociodemographics and disability. The implications of these findings and others are discussed.

PMID: 12627607 [PubMed – in process]

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