Orthop Nurs. 2004 Nov-Dec;23(6):364-74.
Schoofs N, Bambini D, Ronning P, Bielak E, Woehl J.
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, USA.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate how social support and healthcare support affect the quality of life of persons with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
METHOD: A constant comparison method was used for the qualitative portion of the research and descriptive correlational methods were used for the quantitative portion.
CONCLUSION: This mixed design research study suggested that social support, unlike healthcare support, is related to Quality of Life (QOL). It was also evident that subjects suffering from CFS and/or FMS do not experience high levels of social support.
PMID: 15682879 [PubMed – in process]