Illness behaviour of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

Schweitzer, Robert , Robertson, Denise L., Kelly, Brian , & Whiting, John (1994) Illness behaviour of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 38(1), pp. 41-49.

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Abstract

The study examines the illness behaviour of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The Illness Behaviour Questionnaire (IBQ) the twenty-eight version of the General Health Questionnaire (GBQ-28), and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) were administered to forty patients with a diagnosis of CFS. The results revealed that CFS patients in comparison with general practice patients, scored significantly higher on the IBQ sub-scales of General Hypochonriasis, t(188) = 5.2, p < 0.001 and Disease Conviction, t(188) = 13.28, p < 0.001 but lower on the Psychological/Somatic sub-scale, t(188) = -5.88, p < 0.001. The CFS and psychiatric patients did not differ significantly on the general hypochondriasis sub-scale. Results of the GHQ-28 revealed 66.7% of the CFS patients scored above the cut-off for psychiatric morbidity. In comparison to a previous study of CFS patients [1], the current findings indicate a significantly higher score on general hypochondriasis. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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ID Code: 67882
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: intractable pain, hypochondriasis, questionnaire, prevalence, definition, symptoms
DOI: 10.1016/0022-3999(94)90007-8
ISSN: 1879-1360
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2014 04:15
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2014 04:15

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