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Article: Prevalence of chronic fatigue among Chinese adults in Hong Kong: A population-based study

TitlePrevalence of chronic fatigue among Chinese adults in Hong Kong: A population-based study
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Issue Date2010
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jad
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Journal Of Affective Disorders, 2010, v. 127 n. 1-3, p. 248-256 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Epidemiologic data is available on chronic fatigue for Western, but not for Chinese populations. The aims of the present study were to determine the prevalence of chronic fatigue in the general population of Hong Kong, compare health and lifestyle characteristics of non-chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue cases, and identify risk factors for chronic fatigue. Methods: We performed telephone interviews on 5001 randomly selected Chinese adults aged ≥ 18 years administering the Chinese version of Chronic Fatigue Scale (ChCFS), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and quality of life (QoL) indexed by Medical Outcomes Study 12-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF12). Lifestyle, and sociodemographic data were also collected. Chronic fatigue was defined according to Fukuda et al.'s (1994) criteria and case criterion was a ChCFS total scores ≥ 4. Results: The weighted prevalence of chronic fatigue was 10.7%, which was equivalent to 0.6 million adults in Hong Kong. Higher prevalence rates were found in females, older age groups, and low socioeconomic status. Fully adjusted stepwise regression analyses identified older age, retirees, housewife, existing long-term health problems, higher HADS scores, poor QoL, and low self-perceived health to be significantly associated with increased risk of chronic fatigue, whereas regular exercise was associated with decreased risk of chronic fatigue (all p < 0.05). Limitations: The cross-sectional design did not allow determination of the time course and causal relationship between chronic fatigue and associated factors. Conclusions: Our data evidenced that chronic fatigue is common in the general population of Hong Kong, and the prevalence increased with age and was higher in the women and lower socioeconomic population. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/129475
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.57
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.927
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Hong Kong Government Health Services Research Committee (HSRC)04060591
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Funding for this study was provided by a grant from the Hong Kong Government Health Services Research Committee (HSRC #04060591).; the funding body had no further role in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.

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dc.contributor.authorWong, WSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFielding, Ren_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:37:47Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:37:47Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Affective Disorders, 2010, v. 127 n. 1-3, p. 248-256en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0165-0327en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/129475-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Epidemiologic data is available on chronic fatigue for Western, but not for Chinese populations. The aims of the present study were to determine the prevalence of chronic fatigue in the general population of Hong Kong, compare health and lifestyle characteristics of non-chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue cases, and identify risk factors for chronic fatigue. Methods: We performed telephone interviews on 5001 randomly selected Chinese adults aged ≥ 18 years administering the Chinese version of Chronic Fatigue Scale (ChCFS), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and quality of life (QoL) indexed by Medical Outcomes Study 12-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF12). Lifestyle, and sociodemographic data were also collected. Chronic fatigue was defined according to Fukuda et al.'s (1994) criteria and case criterion was a ChCFS total scores ≥ 4. Results: The weighted prevalence of chronic fatigue was 10.7%, which was equivalent to 0.6 million adults in Hong Kong. Higher prevalence rates were found in females, older age groups, and low socioeconomic status. Fully adjusted stepwise regression analyses identified older age, retirees, housewife, existing long-term health problems, higher HADS scores, poor QoL, and low self-perceived health to be significantly associated with increased risk of chronic fatigue, whereas regular exercise was associated with decreased risk of chronic fatigue (all p < 0.05). Limitations: The cross-sectional design did not allow determination of the time course and causal relationship between chronic fatigue and associated factors. Conclusions: Our data evidenced that chronic fatigue is common in the general population of Hong Kong, and the prevalence increased with age and was higher in the women and lower socioeconomic population. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jaden_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Affective Disordersen_HK
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_HK
dc.subject.meshAdulten_HK
dc.subject.meshAsian Continental Ancestry Group - psychology - statistics & numerical dataen_HK
dc.subject.meshCross-Cultural Comparisonen_HK
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshFatigue Syndrome, Chronic - epidemiology - ethnologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshInterview, Psychologicalen_HK
dc.subject.meshInterviews as Topicen_HK
dc.subject.meshMaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_HK
dc.subject.meshPopulation Surveillanceen_HK
dc.subject.meshQuality of Life - psychologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshRisk Factorsen_HK
dc.subject.meshSocioeconomic Factorsen_HK
dc.subject.meshYoung Adulten_HK
dc.titlePrevalence of chronic fatigue among Chinese adults in Hong Kong: A population-based studyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailFielding, R:fielding@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityFielding, R=rp00339en_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jad.2010.04.029en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid20580826-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-78149357383en_HK
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dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-78149357383&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpageen_HK
dc.identifier.volume127en_HK
dc.identifier.issue1-3en_HK
dc.identifier.spage248en_HK
dc.identifier.epage256en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_HK
dc.relation.projectThe prevalence of chronic pain, fatigue, and insomnia in the general population of Hong Kong-
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridWong, WS=7403972073en_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridFielding, R=7102200484en_HK
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