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Homebound versus Bedridden Status among Those with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Center for Community Research, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Healthcare 2021, 9(2), 106; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020106
Received: 29 December 2020 / Revised: 16 January 2021 / Accepted: 19 January 2021 / Published: 20 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ME/CFS – the Severely and Very Severely Affected)
Persons living with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) vary widely in terms of the severity of their illness. It is estimated that of those living with ME/CFS in the United States, about 385,000 are homebound. There is a need to know more about different degrees of being homebound within this severely affected group. The current study examined an international sample of 2138 study participants with ME/CFS, of whom 549 were severely affected (operationalized as ‘Homebound’). A subsample of 89 very severely affected participants (operationalized as ‘Homebound-bedridden’) was also examined. The findings showed a significant association between severely and very severely affected participants within the post-exertional malaise (PEM) symptom domain. The implications of these findings are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: ME/CFS; chronic fatigue syndrome; myalgic encephalomyelitis; illness severity; homebound; bedridden ME/CFS; chronic fatigue syndrome; myalgic encephalomyelitis; illness severity; homebound; bedridden
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Conroy, K.; Bhatia, S.; Islam, M.; Jason, L.A. Homebound versus Bedridden Status among Those with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Healthcare 2021, 9, 106. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020106

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Conroy K, Bhatia S, Islam M, Jason LA. Homebound versus Bedridden Status among Those with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Healthcare. 2021; 9(2):106. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020106

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Conroy, Karl, Shaun Bhatia, Mohammed Islam, and Leonard A. Jason 2021. "Homebound versus Bedridden Status among Those with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" Healthcare 9, no. 2: 106. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020106

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