Chronic fatigue in developing countries: population based survey of women in India.


OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence of and risk factors for chronic fatigue in a developing country; in particular, to determine the association of anaemia, mental health, and gender disadvantage factors with chronic fatigue. DESIGN: Community survey. SETTING: Primary health centre catchment area in Goa, India. PARTICIPANTS: 3000 randomly sampled women aged 18 to 50 years. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Data on the primary outcome (reporting of fatigue for at least six months) and psychosocial exposures elicited by structured interview; presence of anaemia determined from a blood sample. RESULTS: 2494 (83%) women consented to participate; 12.1% (95% confidence interval 10.8 to 13.4%) complained of chronic fatigue. In multivariate analyses, older women (P = 0.03) and those experiencing socioeconomic deprivation-less education (P


BMJ (2005) 330 (7501) p. 1190 [doi:10.1136/bmj.38442.636181.E0]

Published 1 January 2005