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Table 8 Treatment use and perception that the treatment was responsible for reduced fatigue at follow-up

From: A population-based study of the clinical course of chronic fatigue syndrome

Treatment % reporting treatment use among subjects reporting reduced fatigue* % believing treatment responsible for reduced fatigue among subjects reporting use
  1-year 2-years 3-years 1-year 2-years 3-years
Any traditional medicine 100.0 91.7 81.8 84.4 54.6 77.8
   Medical doctor, emergency room 71.9 73.9 63.6 34.8 23.5 57.1
   Prescription medication 78.1 69.6 63.6 64.0 37.5 71.4
   Over-the-counter medication 65.6 65.2 27.3 42.9 26.7 100.0
   Psychotherapy, counseling 12.5 13.0 9.1 50.0 33.3 100.0
   Vitamins 81.3 69.6 72.7 65.4 56.3 62.5
Any self-help strategy 78.1 73.9 54.6 68.0 41.2 83.3
   Exercise 68.8 65.2 54.6 63.6 33.3 83.3
   Changes in diet 53.1 34.8 27.3 58.8 50.0 66.7
Any complementary and alternative medicine therapy 37.5 39.1 36.4 50.0 77.8 100.0
   Herbal remedies 34.4 30.4 27.3 45.5 71.4 100.0
   Homeopathy 6.3 4.4 18.2 100.0 100.0 100.0
   Behavior modification (biofeedback) 3.1 4.4 0.0 0.0 100.0 0.0
   Acupuncture 15.6 4.4 18.2 60.0 0.0 50.0
  1. * N = 32, 23, and 11 at 1, 2, and 3 years, respectively