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Prevalence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in Korea and Japan: A Meta-Analysis

by 1 and 2,*
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Department of Integrative Medicine, Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, CHA University, 120 Haeryong-ro, Kyeong-gi, Pocheon 11160, Korea
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Department of Korean Medicine, Institute of Bioscience and Integrative Medicine, Daejeon University, 62 Daehak-ro, Dong-gu, Daejeon 300-716, Korea
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Academic Editors: Giovanni Ricevuti and Lorenzo Lorusso
J. Clin. Med. 2021, 10(15), 3204; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10153204
Received: 25 June 2021 / Revised: 14 July 2021 / Accepted: 19 July 2021 / Published: 21 July 2021
Background: Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a long-term disabling illness accompanied by fatigue unsolved by rest. However, ME/CFS is a poorly understood illness that lacks a universally accepted pathophysiology and treatment. A lack of CFS-related studies have been conducted in Asian countries. This study aimed to estimate and compare the prevalence of ME/CFS in Korea and Japan and conducted a meta-analysis. Methods: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane, and KMBASE for population-based prevalence studies of the two countries and synthesized the data according to the Fukuda case definition. Results: Of the eight studies (five in Korea, three in Japan) included, the total prevalence rate of Korean studies was 0.77% (95% CI 0.34–1.76), and 0.76% (95% CI 0.46–1.25) for the Japanese studies. The prevalence rate in females was approximately two-fold higher than males in Korean studies (1.31% female vs. 0.60% male), while the gender difference was less obvious in Japanese studies (0.76% female vs. 0.65% male). Conclusions: Further epidemiology studies on the female ME/CFS prevalence rate between countries may be required. View Full-Text
Keywords: chronic fatigue syndrome; CFS; ME/CFS; prevalence; Korea and Japan; meta-analysis chronic fatigue syndrome; CFS; ME/CFS; prevalence; Korea and Japan; meta-analysis
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Lim, Eun-Jin, and Chang-Gue Son. 2021. "Prevalence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in Korea and Japan: A Meta-Analysis" Journal of Clinical Medicine 10, no. 15: 3204. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10153204

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