Navigation Links
Web-Based Therapy May Help Teens With Chronic Fatigue

THURSDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with chronic fatigue syndrome, which can cause poor concentration and memory as well as joint and muscle pain, may benefit from an Internet-based treatment known as FITNET, a new study has found.

Researchers in the Netherlands studied teens with the debilitating condition and found that 63 percent reported that they felt better or had recovered after six months of the Web-based therapy, according to the report published online March 1 in The Lancet.

FITNET gave the teens electronic access to cognitive behavior therapy, which has shown promising results for this age group.

"With FITNET, effective treatment is within reach for any adolescent with [chronic fatigue syndrome]. These findings stress the need for proper and rapid diagnosis and making medical professionals aware of adolescent [chronic fatigue syndrome] and the treatment options," study author Sanne Nijhof, from the University Medical Centre Utrecht, said in a journal news release.

In the study, which included 135 teens who suffered from the syndrome for nearly two years, patients were randomly assigned to receive either FITNET or standard therapy, largely consisting of individual and group cognitive behavior therapy or exercise therapy.

The teens also completed questionnaires on how their treatment affected their fatigue, physical functioning and self-rated improvement. The researchers also took into account the students' school absences.

After six months, 85 percent of the teens using the Web-based therapy reported their severe fatigue was gone, while 27 percent of the teens using the standard treatment said the same. Meanwhile, 78 percent of the FITNET teens reported normal physical functioning, compared to 20 percent of the standard therapy group, the investigators found.

The researchers also noted that 75 percent of the FITNET teens had full school attendance, compared with 16 percent of their peers receiving standard therapy. Teens who switched to FITNET or continued using the Web-based therapy for another six months enjoyed similar positive results, the findings showed.

"Internet-based treatment has general advantages: it is available at any time, avoids face-to-face treatment barriers (i.e., treatment delay due to poor accessibility, inconvenience of scheduling appointments, missing school or work, traveling to or from a clinician's office), and reduces treatment time and costs," Nijhof and colleagues said in the news release.

"FITNET offers a readily accessible and highly effective treatment for adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome. The results of this study justify implementation on a broader scale," they concluded.

The authors of an accompanying journal said "the investigators should be congratulated on testing a way to deliver an already effective treatment [cognitive behavior therapy] more efficiently."

The goal of cognitive behavior therapy is to understand how your thoughts can influence your stress and symptoms.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about chronic fatigue syndrome and kids.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Feb. 29, 2012

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. GenomeQuest Hosts Seminar Focused On Web-based Searching for Patent Information Across Global Sequence Databases
2. The CPM Resource Center launches Web-based clinical practice guidelines
3. VRMeetings, Inc. Deploys the most Advanced Web-Based Video Conferencing and Document Collaboration Service over the Managed NTT America IT Infrastructure
4. Web-Based Program Can Boost Asthma Care
5. Home monitoring, Web-based tool improves blood pressure control
6. GATOR approach can help surfers to evaluate Web-based health information
7. US FDA and NIH Launch Web-Based Safety Reporting Portal to Increase Adverse Events Reporting of FDA-Regulated Products, According to, LLC
8. Web-Based Portal Provides Advertisers Access To 25,000 Pharmacy Locations
9. Web-based questionnaire can be cost-effective tool for survey responses
10. Web-based curriculum improves surgical residents knowledge of health care business
11. Nicotine replacement therapy is over-promoted since most ex-smokers quit unassisted
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Web-Based Therapy May Help Teens With Chronic Fatigue
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 01, 2015 , ... TCS Healthcare Technologies (TCS), a leading ... arenas, is pleased to announce that VIP Care Services, a Caprock Health Group ... ACUITY Complete Care™ Management to back their collaborative catastrophic case management initiatives. ACUITY ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... With ... footage, and with full control over customization, the possibilities are truly endless, all with ... position randomization, overlay depth position, vertical flip, horizontal flip, depth of field and more, ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Tympani Inc., announced today ... status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Tympani as having fulfilled the training requirements ... targeted to the high-end enterprise contact center marketplace. , Ed Kapelinski, President of ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... The Turks ... Journal, one of the leading digital news sites highlighting Caribbean destinations, has published five ... While much of North America shivers under chilly grey skies or worse, it's ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) , ... November 30, ... ... in all the programs of the19th Bi-National Convention of the Federation of Philippine ... Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. , 1Heart Caregiver Services, as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... November 30, 2015 global cell culture market ... bn to US$11.3 bn by 2022 at a CAGR of 7.1% ... to grow from its 2013 value of US$6.1 bn to US$11.3 ... Transparency Market Research has announced the release of a new ... the report, titled ,Cell Culture Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nov. 30, 2015 Nautilus Medical Inc. today ... Management platform ( ). The release of MatrixRay ... RSNA 2015 (Radiology Society North America) in ... the U.S. --> --> ... enables access to radiology studies worldwide via a peer-to-peer ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... BANNOCKBURN, Ill. , Nov. 30, 2015 ... ), a global biopharmaceutical leader dedicated to ... diseases and underserved medical conditions, today announced ... [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), PEGylated], an extended circulating ... hemophilia A based on full-length ADVATE [Antihemophilic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: