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Are Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome different illnesses? A preliminary analysis

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Abstract

Considerable discussion has transpired regarding whether chronic fatigue syndrome is a distinct illness from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. A prior study contrasted the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis International Consensus Criteria with the Fukuda and colleagues' chronic fatigue syndrome criteria and found that the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis International Consensus Criteria identified a subset of patients with greater functional impairment and physical, mental, and cognitive problems than the larger group who met Fukuda and colleagues' criteria. The current study analyzed two discrete data sets and found that the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis International Consensus Criteria identified more impaired individuals with more severe symptomatology.


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Author(s): Jason LA, Sunnquist M, Brown A, Evans M, Newton JL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Health Psychology

Year: 2016

Volume: 21

Issue: 1

Pages: 3-15

Print publication date: 01/01/2016

Online publication date: 07/02/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1359-1053

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7277

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105313520335

DOI: 10.1177/1359105313520335


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