look how the Reeves definition and the CDC can skewer results

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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

Minerva

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.

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