The prevalence & morbidity of chronic fatigue & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): a prospective primary care study

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OBJECTIVES: This study examined the prevalence and public

health impact of chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome

in primary care patients in England.

METHODS: There were 2376

subjects, aged 18 through 45 years. Of 214 subjects who

fulfilled criteria for chronic fatigue, 185 (86%) were

interviewed in the case-control study. Measures included

chronic fatigue, psychological morbidity, depression, anxiety,

somatic symptoms, symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome,

functional impairment, and psychiatric disorder.

RESULTS: The

point prevalence of chronic fatigue was 11.3%, falling to 4.1%

if comorbid psychological disorders were excluded. The point

prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome was 2.6%, falling to

0.5% if comorbid psychological disorders were excluded. Rates

did not vary by social class. After adjustment for

psychological disorder, being female was modestly associated

with chronic fatigue. Functional impairment was profound and

was associated with psychological disorder.

CONCLUSIONS: Both

chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome are common in

primary care patients and represent a considerable public

health burden. Selection bias may account for previous

suggestions of a link with higher socioeconomic status.

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