The debate: myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome

Br J Nurs. 2006;15(12):662-9. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2006.15.12.21399.


Almost every aspect of myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy) and chronic fatigue syndrome is the subject of disagreement and uncertainty -- something that has undoubtedly hampered recognition, understanding and research. Although the pathogenesis remains the subject of intense medical debate, a number of predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors are now starting to emerge. Therapeutic nihilism is no longer appropriate as there is a great deal that can be done to alleviate some of the more distressing symptoms and improve quality of life for these patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Causality
  • Child
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Consensus Development Conferences as Topic
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic* / diagnosis
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic* / epidemiology
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic* / etiology
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Nutritional Support
  • Prevalence
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Life
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Terminology as Topic
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology