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Type: Journal article
Title: Medically evaluated psychological and physical health of Australian Gulf War veterans with chronic fatigue
Author: Kelsall, H.
Sim, M.
McKenzie, D.
Forbes, A.
Leder, K.
Glass, D.
Ikin, J.
McFarlane, A.
Citation: Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2006; 60(6):575-584
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0022-3999
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Helen Kelsall, Malcolm Sim, Dean McKenzie, Andrew Forbes, Karin Leder, Deborah Glass, Jillian Ikin and Alexander McFarlane
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate fatigue in Australian Gulf War veterans and a military comparison group according to the 1994 chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) definition and investigate the relation with exposures. METHODS: Comprehensive medical, psychological and reported exposure assessments of 1,456 veterans and 1,588 comparison group in a cross-sectional study. RESULTS: More Gulf War veterans had fatigue at all levels than did the military comparison group. The findings may be at least partly explained as an "active-deployment effect." The odds ratios increased with increasing clinical evaluation of the nature of the fatigue, even after adjustment for current psychiatric disorders in addition to other possible confounding factors. CONCLUSION: Medically unexplained chronic fatigue was more common, but not more disabling, in veterans than in the comparison group, but veterans with unexplained chronic fatigue had poorer health than veterans without. Within both populations, CFS is uncommon and at a similar level to the general community.
Keywords: chronic fatigue; medically unexplained chronic fatigue; chronic fatigue syndrome; Gulf War veterans; psychiatric morbidity
Description: Copyright © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020060675
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2006.04.002
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