Australia: 2 in 5 chronic fatigue syndrome diagnoses wrong, worse for ME

ME Australia

by Sasha Nimmo

Around 38% of Australians diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) do not meet the Fukuda chronic fatigue syndrome definition used by the US government. More than two-thirds don’t meet the International Consensus Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ICC ME). Australia has no national clinical guidelines but patient organisations endorse the ICC or earlier version CCC (Canadian Consensus Criteria).

Australia’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Menzies Health Institute looked at characteristics of patients meeting Fukuda chronic fatigue syndrome criteria (CFS) and International Consensus Criteria (ICC) for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). The aim of this study was to describe sociodemographic and illness characteristics of Australian patients with CFS and ME.

Epidemiological characteristics of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis in Australian patients was published in Clinical Epidemiology in May 2016.

The study included 535 patients diagnosed with CFS or ME by a primary care physician.

  • 30.28% met only the Fukuda chronic fatigue…

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