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BMC Research Notes

, 4:238

First Online: 20 July 2011Received: 24 March 2011Accepted: 20 July 2011DOI: 10.1186-1756-0500-4-238

Cite this article as: Kocalevent, R.D., Hinz, A., Brähler, E. et al. BMC Res Notes 2011 4: 238. doi:10.1186-1756-0500-4-238


BackgroundFatigue can be triggered by previous perceived stress which may lead to impairment of performance and function. The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between fatigue and perceived stress.

MethodHealth determinants including sociodemographic factors for associations between fatigue and perceived stress in the general population N = 2,483 are outlined. Fatigue and stress were assessed with the Chalder Fatigue Scale CFS and the Perceived Stress Questionnaire PSQ.

ResultsWithin the general population, 25.9% of male and 34.5% of female respondents reported moderate fatigue during the last six months; 9.7% of subjects reported substantial fatigue lasting six months or longer. An adjusted regression analysis Rcorr = .28, p < .001 showed that fatigue is highest associated with perceived stress and self-perceived health status. The following factors were correlated with increased rates of fatigue and perceived stress: female gender, divorce-separation, low social class and poor health status.

ConclusionWe conclude that the two conditions overlap most in terms of socio-economic status and self-perceived health status.

KeywordsFatigue stress perception epidemiology health determinants Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1756-0500-4-238 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Rüya D Kocalevent - Andreas Hinz - Elmar Brähler - Burghard F Klapp


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