The Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in an Inpatient Setting: Presentation of an Approach and Perceived Outcome

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This paper describes chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and methods of management in a National Health Service Neurological Sciences Facility. A retrospective postal survey was carried out to determine the perceived level of ability of CFS inpatients 6 months following discharge from an inpatient programme of CFS treatment and management. One hundred and ninety-nine patients were admitted into the CFS inpatient programme, aged 16-68 years and with a mean age of 39 years. A specifically designed self-report questionnaire was used to ascertain duration of fatigue, change in work pattern and current level of ability (6 months following the inpatient programme).

One hundred and nine patients fulfilled the Centre for Disease Control 1994 criteria for CFS. At 6 months post-discharge, 89 (82%) patients had a perceived increase in level of ability compared with prior to their admission to hospital. The duration of symptoms appeared to affect outcome. A further controlled trial using published rating scales is currently under way to substantiate the findings.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

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    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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