Invest in ME Conference 12: First Class in Every Way
OverTheHills wraps up our series of articles on this year's 12th Invest in ME International Conference (IIMEC12) in London with some reflections on her experience as a patient attending the conference for the first time.
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look how the Reeves definition and the CDC can skewer results

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by leelaplay, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. leelaplay

    leelaplay member

    Tom Kindlon posted this to co-cure today.

    Small piece in British Medical Journal (BMJ) June 2009

    [tk:These are the results of a CDC study that used the empiric criteria (Reeves, 2005) for CFS]

    [if: how very frightening - take a disease, establish a new criteria that includes psychiatric illness and excludes elements of the disease itself, then call for psychiatric treatment]

    Published 19 June 2009, doi:10.1136/bmj.b2496
    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2496


    High rates of psychiatric disturbances are reported in studies of chronic
    fatigue syndrome (CFS). Researchers wonder if this pattern reflects referral
    bias rather than true co-morbidity.

    In a study in Psychosomatic Medicine (2009;71:557-65, doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e31819ea179),
    57% of patients with CFS had at least one current psychiatric diagnosis, and 89% at least one
    lifetime psychiatric diagnosis, compared with 45% and 79% in people with
    subsyndromic CFS-like illness. Most patients with psychiatric co-morbidity
    had not sought help during the previous six months.

    The findings suggest there's an urgent need to address psychiatric disorders when caring for
    patients with CFS.

    Don't support the Reeves/empirical definition/criteria for CFS?
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