[Report of the Dutch National Health Council on chronic fatigue syndrome]
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 162, 0, (2018), article D2845
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectRadboudumc 4: lnfectious Diseases and Global Health RIMLS: Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences
In our opinion, the recent report of the Dutch National Health Council on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) lacks balance: it is very critical on the quality of evidence regarding behavioural interventions, but lacks a critical attitude regarding the presumed somatic components of the disorder. Without solid evidence, the report coins ME/CFS as a severe multisystem disease, and it embraces the diagnostic criteria of the American Institute of Medicine. We underscore the remarks in the report that physicians should not be reluctant to make diagnosis in patients with the disorder, and that these patients should be approached with empathy and respect. Regarding a future research programme, there is need for a well-designed research agenda.
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