Letters Ending stalemate over CFS/ME

Will adopting the Canadian criteria improve diagnosis of CFS?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4589 (Published 19 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4589
  1. Peter D White, professor of psychological medicine1,
  2. Alastair Miller, consultant physician2,
  3. Esther Crawley, consultant senior lecturer, University of Bristol, and clinical lead3
  1. 1Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, London EC1A 7BE, UK
  2. 2Tropical and Infectious Disease Department, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK
  3. 3Bath Specialist Paediatric CFS/ME service, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath BA1 1RL, UK
  1. esther.crawley{at}bristol.ac.uk

Godlee suggests that adoption of the Canadian criteria to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a reasonable request.1 It may be reasonable but is probably not practicable. These criteria require the assessment of some 65 discrete symptoms and 14 comorbid conditions before even considering exclusionary …

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