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Friday, 14 August 2015

Are Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome different illnesses? A preliminary analysis

Are Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome different illnesses? A preliminary analysis: Based on the present analyses, the ME-ICC (Carruthers et al., 2011) appear to a select a more functionally impaired and symptomatic group of individuals when compared to those who met only the Fukuda et al. (1994) criteria. Given the high level of interest among clinicians and scientists regarding the ME-ICC, more research should be conducted to investigate how these criteria, as well as the specific instruments developed to assess these criteria, potentially select different patient cohorts than the Fukuda et al. criteria. Additional studies are needed to determine if biological and psychiatric differences exist between those who meet these two case definitions. Additionally, researchers should continue to operationalize current criteria to reduce criterion variance and use more sophisticated analytic techniques to identify the critical dimensions of these illnesses (Jason et al., 2012).

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