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Title: A Comparison of Patients With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Two "Ideologically" Contrasting Clinics
Authors: Van Houdenhove, Boudewijn
Becq, Katrien
Kempke, Stefan
Luyten, Patrick
De Meirleir, Kenny
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE, 197(5). p. 348-353
Abstract: Aim of the present study was to compare chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients, attending 2 "ideologically" contrasting clinics for CFS, on various patient and illness characteristics. Fifty-nine CFS patients of each clinic, located in Leuven and Brussels (Belgium), participated. Patients did not differ with regard to age, levels of fatigue, psychopathology, and self-efficacy. However, patients from the psychosocially-oriented clinic had a lower level of education, reported more progressive illness onset, and attributed their illness more to psychological causes. Patients in the biologically-oriented clinic reported more pain, and showed higher levels of social functioning, motivation and vitality, as well as fewer limitations related to emotional problems. It is concluded that CFS patients attending the 2 clinics could not be distinguished along dualistic biological/psychosocial lines, but those reporting sudden illness onset and making somatic attributions were more likely to be represented in the biologically-oriented clinic.
Notes: [Van Houdenhove, Boudewijn] Catholic Univ Louvain, Univ Hosp Gasthuisberg, Dept Liaison Psychiat, B-3000 Louvain, Belgium. [Van Houdenhove, Boudewijn] Catholic Univ Louvain, Univ Hosp Gasthuisberg, Chron Fatigue Reference Ctr, B-3000 Louvain, Belgium. [Van Hoof, Elke] Univ Hasselt, Fac Med, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Van Hoof, Elke] Free Univ Brussels, Fac Psychol & Educ Sci, Dept Biol & Cognit Psychol, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. [Van Hoof, Elke; De Meirleir, Kenny] Free Univ Brussels, Fac Human Exercise & Human Educ, Dept Human Physiol, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. [Becq, Katrien; Kempke, Stefan; Luyten, Patrick] Catholic Univ Louvain, Dept Psychol, B-3000 Louvain, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/9862
DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181a2081f
ISI #: 000266047900009
ISSN: 0022-3018
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2010
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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