Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Energy Envelope Research Results

Source: Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior
Preprint
Date: January 14, 2013
URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21641846.2012.733602
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/21641846.2012.733602
Rem: This is the new IACFS/ME journal


Energy conservation/envelope theory interventions
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Leonard A. Jason(a,*), Molly Brown(a), Abigail Brown(a),
Meredyth Evans(a), Samantha Flores(a), Elisa Grant-Holler(a)
& Madison Sunnquist(a)
a Center for Community Research, DePaul University, Chicago,
Il, USA
* Corresponding author. Email: ljason@depaul.edu

Received: 05 May 2012
Accepted: 08 Aug 2012
Version of record first published: 14 Jan 2013


Abstract

Objectives
Treatment approaches for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/chronic
fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) have been controversial. This paper provides
the theoretical and conceptual background for the Energy Envelope
Theory to assist patients and reviews evidence of its treatment
efficacy.

Methods
Over a 15-year period, efforts were directed to develop a
non-pharmacologic intervention that endeavored to help patients to
self-monitor and self-regulate energy expenditures and learn to pace
activities and stay within their energy envelope.

Conclusions
Studies show that the energy envelope approach, which involves
rehabilitation methods, helps patients pace activities and manage
symptoms and can significantly improve their quality of life.

Keywords
energy envelope, pacing, chronic fatigue syndrome, Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis, Myalgic Encephalomyelits/chronic fatigue syndrome

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