By: Dr Gwen Kennedy, Dr Christine Underwood and Prof. Jill Belch
The quality of life of children with CFS/ME was profoundly reduced when compared to their healthy counterparts.
The mean illness duration of patients was 3.7 years. Sixty-eight percent of the children said that their illness developed quickly; in 88% illness had had an infectious onset. Only one child (4%) attended school full time, while 12 (48%) went to school part time, and 8 (32%) had home tuition only.