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Prevalence of chronic disabling fatigue in children and adolescents

Farmer, Anne, Fowler, Tom, Scourfield, Jane and Thapar, Anita 2004. Prevalence of chronic disabling fatigue in children and adolescents. The British Journal of Psychiatry 184 (6) , pp. 477-481. 10.1192/bjp.184.6.477

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Abstract

Background The epidemiology of chronic fatiguing illnesses in young people is poorly understood. Aims To estimate the lifetime prevalence of different definitions of chronic fatigue in 8- to 17-year-olds. Method Participants came from two population-based twin series. Parents completed self-report questionnaires that enquired whether either child had ever experienced more than a few days of disabling fatigue. Telephone interviews were undertaken for individuals who had experienced such an episode. Results Questionnaires were returned by 1468 families (65% response rate) and telephone interviews were undertaken regarding 99 of the 129 subjects (77%) who had experienced fatigue. The lifetime prevalence estimates ranged from 2.34% (95% CI 1.75–2.94) for disabling fatigue lasting 3 months to 1.29% (95% CI 0.87–1.71) for a disorder resembling adult operationally defined chronic fatigue syndrome. Conclusions From the age of 11 years, young people have similar rates and types of chronic fatiguing illnesses to adults.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 0007-1250
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:43
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/83472

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