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Prevalence of chronic disabling fatigue in children and adolescents

Farmer, Anne, Fowler, Tom, Scourfield, Jane and Thapar, Anita ORCID: 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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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: 31 Oct 2022 10:03

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