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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 28, 2018

Chronic Fatigue Care

JAMA. 2018;320(8):750. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.11469

A new CDC website aims to improve the diagnosis and care of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome by providing clinicians with better information.

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) report estimates that between 836 000 and 2.5 million individuals in the United States have myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). These individuals may experience debilitating symptoms for years before receiving a diagnosis, in part because many clinicians are unfamiliar with the disorder. Currently, fewer than one-third of medical schools and fewer than half of medical textbooks provide information about ME/CFS, according to the IOM report.