Prospective validation of a new instrument for screening of incipient fatigue syndrome

SND-ID: EXT 0073

This study is part of the collection Scania Metadatabase for Epidemiology (SME)

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Kai Österberg - Lund University, Department of Psychology


The research team has developed a preliminary version of a simple, short and easily interpreted questionnaire for the detection of early stages of chronic fatigue syndrome. The draft version is now being tested clinically in occupational health. This is a validation study with the aim to further development and quality assurance instrument. The instrument is provided quarterly for 3 years to about 1,500 people who are likely to have an increased risk of developing chronic fatigue syndrome. Of those that have shown increasing signs of stress-related disorders in two consecutive quarters every other is offered a individual consultation on stress prevention, while others offered the same consultation after rising signs of stress-related disorders in five consecutive quarters. This highlights the instruments predictive validity, ie. how well it measures early signs of what would later evolve towards chronic fatigue syndrome. The instrument is answered even by patients in the early stages of chronic fatigue syndrome, to verify the prospective findings. Further, the instrument are being tested at w

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Research principal

Lund University

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Geographic description: Scania


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Stress, occupation life and health

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Data also collected using several psychometric instruments and self assessment forms

Data format / data structure


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Kai Österberg - Lund University, Department of Psychology

Time period(s) investigated


Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Web-based interview
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2012–2016
  • Source of the data: Population group

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Scania Metadatabase for Epidemiology (SME)

Published: 2013-09-10
Last updated: 2017-04-10