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  1. Bob

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    I'm not sure if this is the right sub-forum to post this in, but the timing seems highly coincidental to me...


    The Most Popular Terms for Medically Unexplained Symptoms: The Views of CFS Patients

    Federica Picariello, Sheila Ali, Rona Moss-Morris, Trudie Chalder
    February 28, 2015
    Journal of Psychosomatic Research
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.02.013

     
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  2. Bob

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    I can't work out why it's been published - the abstract suggests that it's simply a small patient survey...

    Note that, in the survey, they asked about alternative names for 'MUS', which is a psychiatric umbrella term - They aren't asking specifically about CFS. So, they've asked CFS patients to voice their opinions in relation to abstract technical terminology in the field of psychiatry.

    As a general observation, it's interesting to note that 'CFS' comes under the umbrella 'MUS', whereas other diseases of unknown cause don't. (e.g. MS or Parkinson's.)
     
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    They get all the best papers, don't they?

    I wonder if they asked 'do you want to be given a label that lumps you in with all MUS?'
     
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    Just what CFS needs an even broader term that muddles up diagnosis with even more other conditions :bang-head:

    Also is taking a quick poll journal worthy research these days ?
     
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    Funny enough, this ties in with a blog I am writing. Nice timing. More in a few weeks, especially after I get my real computer back.
     
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    The paper would more honestly be named:
    "The least unpopular terms for medically unexplained symptoms among a carefully chosen group of CFS patients who don't know us very well and whom we hoodwinked into thinking that by MUS we mean something other than a somatisation disorder."
     
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    Jumping the gun a little before my blog (actually part several of a planned series) my favourite term for Medically Unexplained Symptoms is Medically Unexplained Symptoms, with clear emphasis on the unexplained.
     
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    For a Moss-Morris and Chalder paper, I thought this was reasonably reported and less annoying than a lot of their output. I'm not saying there were no annoying bits.
     

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