A February 2015 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) presents new diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome and examines whether a new name for the condition is warranted. The author of a related commentary published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that a new name alone will not improve the lives of people suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome, but expresses optimism that improved clinician knowledge and acceptance, and an enhanced research agenda, is a step in the right direction. A release from the American College of Physicians reports that the IOM’s 15-member expert committee found sufficient evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease with a physiologic basis, and not a psychological problem that should not be taken seriously.
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New Name for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?