Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a poorly understood condition, apparently related to both psychiatric disturbance and infectious illness.
Little progress has been made in identifying aetiology, owing to a lack of epidemiological studies using case-definition criteria.
A community postal survey of a random sample of over 1000 patients registered at a local health centre comprised a fatigue questionnaire and the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ).
Total fatigue scores were modestly higher in women than men.
Fatigue was most frequently attributed to psychosocial factors.
Fatigue and GHQ scores were strongly correlated.
Two men and two women satisfied British criteria for CFS, a prevalence of 0.56% (95% CI 0.16-1.47%) ; three were probable psychiatric cases.
Previously reported sociodemographic associations of CFS may reflect medical referral patterns.
A strong association exists with psychological morbidity, but relabelling CFS as a psychiatric disorder is not justified.
Mots-clés Pascal : Muscle strié pathologie, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Communauté, Ecosse, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Démographie, Statut social, Association morbide, Trouble psychiatrique, Homme, Fatigue chronique syndrome
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Striated muscle disease, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Community, Scotland, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Demography, Social status, Concomitant disease, Mental disorder, Human, Chronic fatigue syndrome
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0385968
Code Inist : 002B15I. Création : 01/03/1996.