Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY   Spring 2004 , Volume 9 , Number 4 (36); Page(s) 25 To 33.
 
Paper: 

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY OF CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME AND ITS RELATION TO PSYCHIATRIC DIFFICULTIES IN NU

 
 
Author(s):  NASRI S.*
 
* Shahid Rajayee Tarbiat Dabir University, Lavizan, Shabanloo Ave., Tehran, Iran
 
Abstract: 

Objectives: The present project studied epidemiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and its relation to psychiatric difficulties in female nurses. These nurses were employed at educational hos- pitals under the auspices of Tehran and Ahvaz Universities of Medical Sciences.
Method: The project’s subjects were 1263 nurses; 175 of them were selected through census sampling from the city of Ahvaz and 1088 were selected from Tehran via stratified random sampling. To collect data, the followings were used: General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), Chalder of Fatigue Scale (COFS), Krupp Fatigue Severity Scale (KFSS), Whitely Index (WI), and clinical interviews.
Findings: This evaluation showed that the prevalence of CFS was 7.3% in all nurses under study. The prevalence was 3.4% and 7.9% in nurses from Universities of Ahvaz and Tehran respectively. Furthermore, the prevalence of the syndrome was 7.9% in married nurses and 6.5% in nurses who were single. There was a significant correlation between fatigue and hypochondriasis, somatic com- plaints, anxiety and sleep disturbances, social dysfunction and depression.

Results: The nurses employed at Universities of Tehran and Ahvaz lack suitable mental health condition

 
Keyword(s): FATIGUE, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, EPIDEMIOLOGY, NURSES
 
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