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Fatigue Scales in research

Discussion in 'Post-Exertional malaise and fatigue' started by Lapis108, Jun 30, 2022.

  1. Lapis108

    Lapis108 Established Member

    Hi All,
    It's be really interested in what people's thoughts are for the most accurate fatigue scales that can be used in research studies?
    Ones that also give representation to PEM over time.
    The CFQ (chalder fatigue scale/ questionnaire) is often used but has serious limitations.
    The DePaul Questionnaire does seem to be more accurate for PEM.
    Thanks in advance for ideas and suggestions
  2. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    if you click on the different tags for this thread you will find many threads discussing various measurement scales including the ones you mention.
  3. ME/CFS Skeptic

    ME/CFS Skeptic Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Think it depends on what you want to do with it.
  4. Andy

    Andy Committee Member

    Hampshire, UK
    Hi Lapis, welcome.

    Well, the first question would be what is wanted to be measured? As far as I can recall, we have never tried to compare the various scales that exist but if the desire is to measure the level of reduced functioning, or otherwise, in pwME then my expectation would be that they would all be lacking to one extent or another.

    To my knowledge there is no scale that does this.

    Issues with the CFQ are laid out here, S4ME: Submission to the public review on common data elements for ME/CFS: Problems with the Chalder Fatigue Questionnaire

    And here are a couple of discussion threads that discuss the DSQ.
    The Development of the DePaul Symptom Questionnaire: Original, Expanded, Brief, and Pediatric Versions, 2018, Jason
    The DePaul Symptom Questionnaire-2: a validation study, 2019, Sunnquist et al

    Hope that is of some use.
  5. Lapis108

    Lapis108 Established Member

    Thank you - I will look through these threads
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  6. Medfeb

    Medfeb Senior Member (Voting Rights)


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