Fatigue: An Overview of Chronic Fatigue and Recommendations for Future Research

  • Marie Thomas


This chapter provides any overview of fatigue including a medical history of CFS, an investigation into the symptoms and cognitive impairments associated with it and a range of interventions—both pharmacological and behavioural—that have been shown to manage the condition. The chapter also provides an overview of a range of chronic conditions where fatigue is reported by patients as a significant but secondary symptom of unknown aetiology. This includes rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and cancer. Interventions for these conditions are also discussed. A study investigating the fatigue in adults with developmental coordination disorder is also discussed. The chapter ends with recommendations for future research regarding fatigue—including fatigue in older adults.


Chronic fatigue syndrome Fatigue Chronic conditions Intervention Symptoms Older adults 


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  • Marie Thomas
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  1. 1.Bath Spa UniversityBathUK

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