Table 1

Average use of services, average costs (£ 2006/07) and average Chalder fatigue scale score
BUC (N = 54) GET (N = 51) COUN (N = 58)
Professional %1 Contacts2(sd) Cost (£) %1 Contacts2(sd) Cost (£) %1 Contacts2(sd) Cost (£)
GP 70 3.1 (1.91) 102.9 84 3.5 (3.20) 140.6 83 3.9 (2.46) 154.7
Other doctor 28 1.6 (0.74) 29.8 29 3.1 (2.34) 59.0 48 1.8 (1.16) 67.4
Neurologist 2 1.0 (−) 2.9 6 1.3 (0.58) 12.2 5 3.0 (2.00) 24.2
Psychiatrist 0 . 0.0 8 2.8 (1.71) 30.2 10 3.2 (2.48) 45.9
Nurse 24 1.2 (0.38) 2.2 24 1.3 (0.62) 2.4 31 2.3 (4.23) 5.7
Other care professional 22 6.6 (5.87) 49.2 35 4.6 (4.79) 44.9 22 4.5 (5.08) 33.7
Homeopath/ herbalist 4 4.5 (2.12) 9.1 8 3.5 (3.11) 15.0 9 6.4 (5.22) 30.2
Medication 33 -- 11.9 31 -- 13.3 29 -- 12.0
Therapy -- 5.0 -- 6.7 (2.4) 156.1 -- 6.8 (2.3) 277.1
Total cost 212.9 473.6 650.8
Chalder score Baseline 23.85 24.67 24.78
Chalder score 6 months 15.30 14.61 16.16
Improvement 8.56 10.06 8.62

GET = graded exercise therapy, BUC = booklet plus usual care, COUN = counselling,

1. percentage of participants in each treatment group using the service. 2. average number ofcontacts for those who at least had one.

Sabes-Figuera et al.

Sabes-Figuera et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:264   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-264

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