Illness perception and symptom components in chronic fatigue syndrome.

  title={Illness perception and symptom components in chronic fatigue syndrome.},
  author={Charlene Ray and W R C Weir and Shay Cullen and Sue Phillips},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic research},
  volume={36 3},
Two-hundred and eight patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (post-viral fatigue syndrome) completed a questionnaire which dealt both with their illness in general and with the extent to which they experienced specific symptoms. A factor analysis of the symptom data yielded four components: emotional distress; fatigue; somatic symptoms; and cognitive difficulty. Emotional disturbance is a common feature of the disorder and its role has been widely debated. When the symptom components were… CONTINUE READING

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