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How to exercise people with chronic fatigue syndrome: evidence-based practice guidelines.
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PMID:  22725992     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Eur J Clin Invest 2012 ABSTRACT: Background  Despite the large number of studies emphasizing the effectiveness of graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), clinicians are left wondering how exactly to apply exercise therapy to their patients with CFS. The aim of this literature review is to identify the appropriate exercise modalities (i.e. exercise duration, mode, number of treatment sessions, session length, duration of treatment, exercise intensity and whether or not to apply home exercise program) for people with CFS. Materials and methods  All studies that were identified through electronic databases (PubMed and PEDro) were assessed for methodological quality by using selection criteria (Delphi score). Results  In this literature review, 12 studies fulfilled all study requirements. One study had a low methodological quality. The parameters used in the GET and CBT interventions were divided into subgroups: (i) time or symptom contingent, (ii) exercise frequency and (iii) exercise modality. Conclusion  The lack of uniformity in outcome measures and CFS diagnostic criteria make it difficult to compare the findings across studies. Based on the available evidence, exercise therapy for people with CFS should be aerobic and must comprise of 10-11 sessions spread over a period of 4-5 months. A time-contingent approach is preferred over a symptom-contingent way of exercising. In addition, people with CFS can perform home exercises five times a week with an initial duration of 5-15 min per exercise session. The exercise duration can be gradually increased up to 30 min.
Deborah Van Cauwenbergh; Margot De Kooning; Kelly Ickmans; Jo Nijs
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of clinical investigation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2362     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-6-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0245331     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Invest     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. European Journal of Clinical Investigation © 2012 Stichting European Society for Clinical Investigation Journal Foundation.
Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue Research Group (CHROPIVER), Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Physical Education & Physiotherapy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue Research Group (CHROPIVER), Division of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Department of Health Care Sciences, Artesis University College Antwerp, Belgium Department of Physical Medicine and Physiotherapy, University Hospital Brussels, Brussels, Belgium.
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