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new Jason research on activity logs

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by shrewsbury, Dec 20, 2009.

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    Activity logs as a measure of daily activity among patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

    Authors: Jason, L.A., Timpo, P., Porter, N., Herrington, J., Brown, M., Torres-Harding, S., & Friedberg, F. (2009).

    Journal: Journal of Mental Health, 18, 549-556.

    Background: Self-report data collected through interviews has been one
    of the primary ways of assessing symptoms of patients with chronic
    fatigue syndrome (CFS). An alternative way to collect data involves
    activity logs, which involves patients writing down the pattern,
    intensity, and qualitative nature of activity over several days.

    Aims: We examined the associations between activity, evaluation of
    activity and symptoms.

    Methods: Activity log data over a two day period of time were used in
    the present study using a sample of patients with diagnosed CFS.

    Results: Findings indicated that the percent of time spent feeling
    fatigued was positively associated with a higher percent of time in
    pain and doing activities that were fatiguing. However, time spent in
    meaningful activities was associated with less fatigue.

    Conclusions: These findings and others suggest that activity logs can
    provide investigators and clinicians with valuable sources of data for
    understanding patterns of behavior and activity among patients with CFS.

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