The International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME), the largest group of physicians and researchers dedicated to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), has released updated care guidelines directed at primary care physicians and other health care providers. The document, "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Primer for Clinical Practitioners," can be accessed at: http://www.iacfsme.org/Home/Primer/tabid/509/Default.aspx
"CFS/ME affects at least one million people in the US yet up to 80% of them have not yet been diagnosed. Medical providers are often uncomfortable diagnosing and treating these patients and patients tell us that they frequently have difficulty finding a knowledgeable physician. We hope that the Primer will help solve these problems," states Dr. Fred Friedberg, IACFS/ME President.
The Primer highlights areas that have not been emphasized in the past including: