The index is not perfect; flaws have been pointed out but it does give us a good sense of who's had the most impact in the CFS research field. One thing to note, early important papers can wrack up a lot of points if they become standards for the field.
To get the H-index for researchers studying chronic fatigue syndrome, each researchers name and the phrase 'chronic fatigue syndrome' was entered in the Google citations search boxes
The Top Five - the Old Guard
The work of the top five most influential CFS researchers all dates back at least to the early 1990's. Each of these authors, with the exception of Dr. Reeves, published early studies which have been cited hundreds of times by other researchers and their work has played a major role in determining how CFS is perceived inside the research community. Two of them played major roles in instituting the chokehold CBT/GET has on treatment studies.
Dr. Reeves is the odd man out; he didn't start published regularly until the late 1990's, but his publication of several seminal papers during the 2,000's cemented his grip on the top five. Only one researcher with a predominantly pathophysiological approach to ME/CFS, Dr. Natelson, was in the top five.
Simon Wessely - H-index 62
Wessely's most cited paper, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for CFS (1998) (377 times) is just ahead of his 1998 book Chronic Fatigue and its Syndromes (cited 366 times). Wessely's appeal, however, is not entirely based on his behavioral orientation; four of his top six cited documents are on subjects like neuroendocrine responses, low dose hydrocortisone, prognosis and prevalence.
Dr. Benjamin Natelson - H-index 41
Dr. Dedra Buchwald - University of Washington, Seattle - H-index - 39
William Reeves - former CDC CFS Chief Investigator - H-Index - 39
Gus Bleijenberg - H-index 39
One of the most active CBT researchers, Bleigenberg's 2001 CBT Trial in Lancet has been cited over 330 times but it's his 1994 "Dimensional Assessment of CFS' paper examining the behavioral, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of CFS which has drawn the most attention. (It's the six most cited CFS paper of all time (440 times). ) Other than that his most cited papers have been on fluoxetine, prognosis of CFS abd the measurement of fatigue. His 2005 CBT study was a big hit garnering 120 citations in 7 years. Bleijenberg has reportedly retired.
The Top Fifteen
Things even out a bit after the top five. Of the next ten, three focus on behavioral issues while 7 are focused on pathophysiological issues.
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