Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Dr Derek Enlander: The Canadian Consensus criteria are not perfect but the inclusion of physical criteria may be unpalatable for those of a psychiatric bent
BMJ rapid response:
Re:Will adopting the Canadian criteria improve the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome?
Derek Enlander, Physician
ME/CFS center New York
With all due respects to my colleagues Prof Peter White et al, the recent NICE and Pace studies used criteria (Oxford criteria etc) that complicated rather than simplified the diagnosis. The cohorts by virtue of these criteria were in reality non specific fatigue. The Canadian Consensus criteria are not perfect but are in my opinion the best criteria we have in making the clinical diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. In this instance it rules out the psychiatric psychosomatic patients that might be included in the NICE and PACE studies. These studies paid attention to a relatively non accepted Oxford list of Criteria.
The statement that the diagnosis of M.E. is difficult is of course accepted, making the diagnosis less difficult by dropping differential diagnoses is not acceptable.
The inclusion of physical criteria may be unpalatable for those of a psychiatric bent. However over the past few years, we have multiple papers that show CVS, neurological and immunological abnormalities which portray M.E. as physical problem.
Derek Enlander MD
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Competing interests: Author of The CFS HandBook (www.amazon.com), a book portraying certain Physical aspects of M.E.
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