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ICC definition to be freely available

Sunday 31 July 2011

From the ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Information Exchange Forum (via Co-Cure):


Co-CureICC definition to be freely available

Note: There are currently multiple definitions for chronic fatigue syndrome ranging from the rarely used 1991 Oxford criteria to the 2003 Canadian Consensus Definition. The ME International Consensus Criteria, using the original clinical term of myalgic encephalomyelitis (A NEW CLINICAL entity? Lancet 1956, 270(6926):789-790.), was based on the 2003 Canadian Consensus Definition and is a continuing work in progress as is any scientific effort. Other continuing efforts are being made by other ME and CFS experts.

According to a Facebook page post by P.A.N.D.O.R.A., there will be a session devoted to case definitions at the upcoming IACFS/ME Conference in Ottawa in September, hosted by the National ME/FM Action Network (Canada), where many of the scientists involved in the new definition will be attending.

Dr. Bruce Carruthers is one of the invited speakers and will be speaking on the subject of the new, international case definition. Drs. Leonard Jason and Beth Unger are also invited speakers. The session will be chaired by Dr. Kenneth J. Friedman. Subsequent to the presentations, there will be an opportunity for discussion. For those not in attendance, a DVD of the conference will be available for purchase.

The authors of the ICC have made the following announcement:

Myalgic Encehalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria (ICC)

We are pleased to announce that the International Consensus Criteria paper, which is presently in accepted preprint format online in the Journal of Internal Medicine, will be available free online when it is assigned an issue.

The initiative for and development of the ICC for ME was done outside any organization without any financial or other assistance or sponsorship.

We would like to thank all members of the international panel, representing 13 countries, for graciously volunteering their time and expertise without recompense and working together to bring the International Consensus Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis to fruition.

We all hope the International Consensus Criteria will improve recognition of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, promote consistency in diagnosis internationally, and lead to appropriate treatment in a timely fashion. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria

Co-editors Bruce Carruthers, MD, CM, FRCPC Marj van de Sande, B Ed, Grad Dip Ed


The above originally appeared here.



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