Tired, weak, or in need of rest: fatigue among general practice attenders.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVES:To determine the prevalence and associations of symptoms of fatigue. DESIGN:Questionnaire survey. SETTING:London general practice. PARTICIPANTS:611 General practice attenders. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:Scores on a fatigue questionnaire and reasons given for fatigue. RESULTS:10.2% Of men (17/167) and 10.6% of women (47/444) had substantial fatigue for one month or more. Age, occupation, and marital status exerted minor effects. Subjects attributed fatigue equally to physical and non-physical causes. Physical ill health, including viral infection, was associated with more severe fatigue. Women rather than men blamed family responsibilities for their fatigue. The profile of persistent fatigue did not differ from that of short duration. Only one person met criteria for the chronic fatigue syndrome. CONCLUSIONS:Fatigue is a common complaint among general practice attenders and can be severe. Patients may attribute this to physical, psychological, and social stress.

journal_name

BMJ

authors

David A,Pelosi A,McDonald E,Stephens D,Ledger D,Rathbone R,Mann A

doi

10.1136/bmj.301.6762.1199

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1990-11-24 00:00:00

pages

1199-202

issue

6762

eissn

0959-8138

issn

1756-1833

journal_volume

301

pub_type

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