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Prevalence of severe fatigue in primary care
  1. L C Haines1,
  2. G Saidi1,
  3. R W I Cooke2
  1. 1Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK
  2. 2Liverpool Women’s Hospital, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Mrs L Haines
    Principal Research Officer, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50 Hallam Street, London W1W 6DE, UK;


A postal survey of 1024 UK GP practices showed the prevalence of medically unexplained severe fatigue over three months in 5–19 year olds to be 62/100 000. Cases were predominantly adolescent girls and were more likely to come from practices in less deprived areas, which could reflect consulting behaviours.

  • CF, chronic fatigue
  • CFS, chronic fatigue syndrome
  • ME, myalgic encephalomyelitis
  • prevalence
  • primary care
  • severe fatigue
  • survey
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  • Funding: the research was funded by a grant from the Community Fund

  • Competing interests: none declared

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