Table 1

Characteristics of children and young people aged 12 with CFS/ME who provided information on preassessment HADS inventory compared with those who did not provide information

 With HADSWithout HADSMean difference (95% CI)p Value
NN
Age in years: mean (SD)54214.8 (1.5)13213.9 (1.6)–0.84 (–1.13, –0.54)<0.001
Female sex (%)542404 (74.5%)13294 (71.2%)Not applicable0.44
School attendance less than 40%520214 (41.2%)7132 (45.1%)Not applicable0.53
Time to assessment (months): mean (SD)49023.1 (25.5)12027.1 (23.4)3.97 (–1.05, 8.99)0.12
Disability (SF-36): mean (SD)52051.0 (24.4)7448.0 (3.1)–3.07 (–9.10, 2.97)0.32
Chalder Fatigue Score: mean (SD)52624.9 (4.9)6923.5 (5.1)–1.33 (–2.56, –0.03)0.10
SCAS: mean (SD)49032.0 (18.2)6927.5 (20.7)–4.51 (–9.19,0.18)0.06
Visual Analogue Pain: mean (SD)49147.4 (28.5)6648.7 (30.1)1.26 (–6.13, 8.66)0.74
  • CFS/ME, chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis; HADS, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale; SCAS, Spence Children's Anxiety Scale; SF-36, 36-Item Short Form.