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Reduced gait automaticity in female patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: Case-control study

Jan b Eyskens, MSc PT, DO, Pr Ph, et al.

Veterans, when diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), often experience ongoing fatigue and visual and/or cognitive problems, especially when performing two tasks at the same time. We observed and compared the ability of female patients with CFS versus female nondisabled controls to perform two tasks at the same time: walking with eyes closed and walking with eyes closed while answering a simple question. Of the patients with CFS, 55.9% stopped walking with eyes closed to answer the question compared with 5.3% in the nondisabled control group. The "stops walking with eyes closed with secondary cognitive task" test suggests that gait automaticity is reduced in patients with CFS.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.11.0293

Volume 52 Number 7, 2015
   Pages 805 — 814


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Eyskens JB, Nijs J, Wouters K, Moorkens G. Reduced gait automaticity in female patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: Case-control study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015; 52(7):805–14.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.11.0293
ResearcherID: Jan b Eyskens, MSc PT, DO, Pr Ph: B-8552-2015; Jo Nijs, PhD: B-3336-2011; Greta Moorkens, MD, PhD: B-8776-2015
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