Table 1

Details of randomised patients

Relaxation (n=67)Exercise (n=69)
Median (interquartile range) age (years)45 (38-52)48 (38-56)
Median (interquartile range) duration (years)4 (3-9)6.5 (3-10)
Median (interquartile range) education (years)11 (10-14)12 (10-14)
Single3335
Women6462
Currently employed1423
Receiving social security benefits4940
Taking analgesics2727
Taking antidepressants2016
Fulfil criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome4847
Mean (SD) SF-36 summary z scores*:
Mental component−3.9 (1.6)−3.6 (1.3)
Physical component−3.9 (1.1)−3.7 (0.9)
  • * Compared with means of UK populations.