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The use of a symptom "self-report" inventory to evaluate the acceptability and efficacy of a walking program for patients suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome.
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PMID:  11516764     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of the modality of walking as a management strategy for patients suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). METHODS: Six males and fourteen females with medically diagnosed CFS (CDC, 1994), completed a 12-week walking program. Prior to starting the program subjects underwent an incremental walking exercise test to predetermine their walking intensity. The SCL-90-R symptom "self-report" questionnaire was administered prior to, and at the completion of, the walking program. RESULTS: At the completion of the 12 weeks of walking, changes in four of the nine SCL-90-R dimensions were significant (somatisation, paranoid ideation, phobic anxiety, and psychoticism). Also significant were the changes in the combination indices, the Global Indices of Distress (GID) and the Positive Symptom Total (PST). CONCLUSION: This group of CFS subjects, by way of "self-report", indicated the possibility of an exercise-induced decrease in psychological stress. The walking intervention may have evoked positive changes in their well-being and, furthermore, provided no evidence of any exacerbation in their symptoms.
R Coutts; R Weatherby; A Davie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosomatic research     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0022-3999     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosom Res     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-22     Completed Date:  2001-12-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376333     Medline TA:  J Psychosom Res     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  425-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Exercise Science and Sport Management, Southern Cross University, P.O. Box 157, New South Wales 2480, Lismore,
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / psychology*,  therapy*
Middle Aged
Paranoid Disorders / diagnosis,  etiology
Phobic Disorders / diagnosis,  etiology
Psychotic Disorders / diagnosis,  etiology
Reproducibility of Results
Self Assessment (Psychology)*
Severity of Illness Index
Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis,  etiology

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