Research: JASON and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

JASON and COLLEAGUES,  DePaul University, Center for Community Research, Chicago, IL 60614, USA. Ljason@depaul.edu researched the impact of energy modulation on physical functioning and fatigue severity among patients with ME/CFS.

Background

The energy envelope postulates that patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) will improve functioning when maintaining expended energy levels at the same level as available energy level.

Methodology

Estimated weekly Energy Quotients were established by dividing expended energy level by perceived energy level and multiplying by 100. Two groups of patients were identified following participation in a non-pharmacologic intervention trial. Some were able to keep expended energy close to available energy and others were not successful at this task.

Results

Those who were able to stay within their energy envelope had significant improvements in physical functioning and fatigue severity.

Conclusion

Findings suggest that helping patients with ME/CFS maintain appropriate energy expenditures in coordination with available energy reserves can help improve functioning over time. Health care professionals that treat patients with ME/CFS might incorporate strategies that help patients self-monitor and self-regulate energy expenditures.

References

Jason L, Benton M, Torres-Harding S, Muldowney K. The impact of energy modulation on physical functioning and fatigue severity among patients with ME/CFS. Patient Education & Counselling. 77(2):237-41. Nov 2009. Comment in: Patient Educ Couns. 77(2):153-4; PMID: 19773143. Nov 2009.  Source: NLM. NIHMS103767 [Available on 11/01/10]  Source: NLM. PMC2767446 [Available on 11/01/10]

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