EBV-requisitioning physicians' guess on fatigue state 6 months after acute EBV infection
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Original versionBMJ Paediatrics Open 10.1136/bmjpo-2018-000390
We assessed referring medical practitioner’s ability to predict chronic fatigue development in adolescents presenting with acute infectious mononucleosis. Compared with ‘not fatigued’ being predicted as ‘unsurely fatigued’ and ‘likely fatigued’ were both strongly associated with developing fatigue 6 months later (OR 2.5, 95% CI 1.16% to 5.47% and 3.2, 95% CI 1.19% to 8.61%, respectively, P=0.012). The positive and negative predictive values were 66% and 62%, respectively. Disentangling the physician’s intuition may be of interest in further investigations of risk factors and prophylactic factors for fatigue development.