Recognising chronic fatigue is key to improving outcomes

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:131
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The government has finally issued its long awaited report on the management of chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or “ME”), after delaying publication earlier this month because several committee members resigned (5 January, p 7).

    The report says that health professionals should recognise the condition as a chronic illness and that early recognition is key to improving outcomes.

    Speaking at the launch, chief medical officer Professor Liam Donaldson acknowledged that the three years spent drawing up the report had been “enormously difficult, complex, and at some times controversial.”

    “I've received a large amount of correspondence about this,” he said, admitting, “I'm a little surprised …

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