Quality of life in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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Whilst the debilitating fatigue experienced in patients suffering
from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) results in a subjective
marked impairment in functioning, little research has
investigated the impact of this disorder on quality of life.
Forty-seven subjects with a confirmed diagnosis of CFS and 30
healthy controls were compared using the Sickness Impact
Profile (SIP). A subgroup of subjects were interviewed
regarding the impact CFS has had on their social and family
relationships, work and recreational activities. Results from
both the SIP and the interview revealed that CFS subjects had
significantly impaired quality of life, especially in areas of
social functioning. These findings highlight the importance of
addressing the social isolation and loss of role functioning
experienced by CFS sufferers. {MCMStrSt}

Schweitzer R, Kelly B, Foran A, Terry D, Whiting J

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