Functional Capacity in ME/CFS: an assessment questionnaire


Researchers from Norway and Norwich have collaborated to improve the ability to  assess funcional capacity in ME/CFS, something they believe can inform all areas of life for affected people.

“The absence of effective tools to assess FC has significant consequences for timely diagnosis, clinical follow-up, assessments for patient disability benefits, and research studies.”

Using feedback from patients they have identified eight domains divided by activity types:

  1. personal hygiene/basic functions
  2. walking/movement
  3. being upright
  4. activities in the home
  5. communication
  6. activities outside the home
  7. reactions to light and sound
  8. concentration.

Two versions of the questionnaire were developed: a longer version comprising 55 questions (FUNCAP55), developed for improved diagnostic and disability benefit/insurance FC assessments; and a shorter version (FUNCAP27) for clinical patient follow-up and potential use in research.

Assessing Functional Capacity in Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Patient-Informed Questionnaire, by Kristian Sommerfelt, Trude Schei, Katharine A Seton, and Simon R Carding in J. Clin. Med. 2024, 13(12), 3486; [] Published: 14 June 2024


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