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Recommendations disappear from CFSAC website

Discussion in 'Institute of Medicine (IOM) Government Contract' started by Andrew, May 14, 2014.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

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    As some of you know, the HHS has been misrepresenting the May 2013 recommendation from the CFSAC regarding a workshop for the redefinition of ME/CFS. When they did this, I was able to send a link for the real recommendation to whichever congressional representative the HHS had misled. I was wondering if/when this link would "mysteriously" disappear from the web site so I could no longer expose their lack of truthfulness. As it happens, I was writing a letter today and double checked the link. It's gone.

    Here's the link: http://www.hhs.gov/advcomcfs/recommendations/cfsac-recs513.pdf.
    Here the CFSAC web page that should link to it: http://www.hhs.gov/advcomcfs/meetings/index.html

    Look at the entry for May 2013. The link to recommendations is a dead link (where it says PDF).

    Because I expected this to happen, I downloaded a copy some time ago (see attached). But this does me little good, because I have no proof it is the real thing. In the past I could provide a link to the HHS site and people could see the truth. Now I cannot.

    If you notice the link reappear, please let me now. I will compare the PDF it links to with the genuine copy I have on fie.

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  2. Denise

    Denise Senior Member

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    Some of the CFSAC pages have been archived. The page you referenced is here:

    https://wayback.archive-it.org/3919...v/advcomcfs/recommendations/cfsac-recs513.pdf
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  3. Denise

    Denise Senior Member

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    Andrew, I wonder if the recommendation you are referring to is

    CFSAC Recommendations – October 3-4, 2012

    CFSAC voted upon and agreed for the following recommendations be forwarded to the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Secretary:


    1. Clinical

      CFSAC recommends that you will promptly convene (by 12/31/12 or as soon as possible thereafter) at least one stakeholders’ (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)experts, patients, advocates) workshop in consultation with CFSAC members to reach a consensus for a case definition useful for research, diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS beginning with the 2003 Canadian Consensus Definition for discussion purposes.

    http://www.hhs.gov/advcomcfs/recommendations/10032012.html
  4. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

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    Thanks, Denise. It appears to be in both. And from looking over the one from May, it appears to actually be a list of highest recommendations that reiterate earlier recommendations. Take a look in the one from May. It has earlier dates after most of the recommendations.
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    Denise Senior Member

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    The Highest Priority Recommendations list was voted upon at last May's meeting. As you noticed, it is a compilation of previous recommendations that CFSAC considered to be the highest priorities. When the recommendations appeared more than once, the dates of each recommendation are included.
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    medfeb Senior Member

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    THanks, Denise
    Any idea why the compiled list was archived? It's only a year old so I wouldnt think it's because it's old
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    Denise Senior Member

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    Like you, I was surprised that this was archived because it is less than a year old.
    The archiving seems to be happening in general to bits and pieces of the CFSAC site.

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