The International Association for CFS/ME (IACFS/ME) has produced a revised version of their primer. Their goal is to provide the information necessary to understand, diagnose, and manage the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome —also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS). The text was developed by consensus of the primer committee.
Since the current literature does not adequately describe the nature and treatment of this illness, this document is written as a primer and is not “clinical practice guidelines” as recently redefined in the US. Where published studies are lacking, their recommendations are based on the clinical expertise of their experienced practitioners.
Members of the IACFS/ME Primer Writing Committee
Fred Friedberg, Ph.D. Chairperson, Stony Brook, New York, USA
Lucinda Bateman, B.S., M.D. General Internal Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Alison C. Bested, M.D. F.R.C.P.C. Haematological Pathologist, Vancouver, BC. Canada
Todd Davenport, D.P.T., O.C.S. Physical Therapy, Stockton, California, USA
Kenneth J. Friedman, Ph.D. Physiology/ Natural Sciences, Castleton, Vermont, USA
Alan Gurwitt, M.D. Psychiatry, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, USA
Leonard A. Jason, Ph.D. Clinical-Community Psychology, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Charles W. Lapp, M.D. Primary Care, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Staci R. Stevens, M.A. Exercise Physiology, Ripon, California, USA
Rosemary A.Underhill, M.B., B.S. Physician, Palm Coast, Florida, USA
Rosamund Vallings, M.B., B.S. Primary Care, Howick, New Zealand