Postinfectious fatigue: prospective cohort study in primary care.

  title={Postinfectious fatigue: prospective cohort study in primary care.},
  author={Simon Wessely and Trudie Chalder and Steven Richard Hirsch and Teresa R B Pawlikowska and Paul Wallace and David Wright},
  volume={345 8961},
The idea that chronic fatigue has an infectious origin has become popular, but the main evidence for such an association has come from retrospective case-control studies, which are subject to ascertainment bias. We report a prospective study of the outcome of clinically diagnosed infections in patients presenting to UK general practitioners. Questionnaires assessing fatigue and psychiatric morbidity were sent to all patients aged 18-45 years in the study practices. The prevalence of chronic… CONTINUE READING

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