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DePaul University

2012

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Effects Of Timeframe On The Recall Reliability Of Me/Cfs Symptoms, Meredyth Evans Aug 2012

Effects Of Timeframe On The Recall Reliability Of Me/Cfs Symptoms, Meredyth Evans

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This study served as an investigation of the effects of symptom stability, timeframe length, and momentary symptom severity on the recall reliability of symptoms experienced by individuals with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). ME/CFS symptoms were assessed at four recall timeframes (right now, the past week, the past month, and the past six months) and at two assessment points. Analyses revealed that test-retest reliability was significantly stronger for recall of post-exertlonal malaise (PEM), headaches, and memory problems, when these symptoms were perceived to be stable over time rather than variable. It was also revealed that the optimal ...