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Treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15699088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
AIMS: To review studies evaluating the treatment of chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome, to describe predictors of response to treatment and to discuss the role of the occupational health physician. METHODS: A literature search was carried out using Medline and PsychInfo. RESULTS: Studies evaluating cognitive behaviour therapy, graded exercise therapy, pharmacological interventions (e.g. antidepressants and corticosteroids), immunological interventions and nutritional supplements were reviewed. The most promising results have been found with cognitive behaviour therapy and graded exercise therapy, and some predictors of outcome have been identified. Most of the other interventions were evaluated in just one or two studies and therefore evidence is insufficient to draw firm conclusions. CONCLUSIONS: By applying the models of fatigue that form the bases for cognitive behaviour therapy and graded exercise therapy, occupational health physicians may play an important role in helping the patients with chronic fatigue syndrome to reduce their symptoms, improve their functioning and return to work.
Authors:
K A Rimes; T Chalder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational medicine (Oxford, England)     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0962-7480     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Med (Lond)     Publication Date:  2005 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-02-08     Completed Date:  2005-06-03     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205857     Medline TA:  Occup Med (Lond)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK. k.rimes@iop.kcl.ac.uk
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Cognitive Therapy / methods
Exercise Therapy / methods
Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / therapy*
Humans
Occupational Health
Physician's Role

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