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Fatigue: a new approach to an old problem

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Previous research regarding the fatigued patient has dealt

primarily with the diagnostic labels applied by physicians,

rather than specific presenting symptoms of the fatigued

patient. The purpose of the present study was to identify,

based on presenting symptoms, gender, marital status, and

race, relatively homogeneous sub-groups within a sample of

fatigued patients that would aid in the diagnosis and

treatment of the underlying disorder(s). Results of cluster

analysis suggested the presence of an Organic, Anxiety,

Depression, and Mixed Anxiety/Depression group within the

sample of 197 fatigued patients. Significant differences among

these four groups were found on 13 of the 15 symptoms included

in the cluster analysis. The proportion of males, married

patients, and white patients in the Organic Group was

significantly greater than in the other three inorganic

clusters as a whole. Positive or negative responses to these

13 symptoms can facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of the

fatigued patient.

Hall DG, Sanders SD, Replogle WH

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