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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): have flawed assumptions been derived from treatment-based studies?

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www.ProHealth.com • February 3, 1994


Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disabling disorder that has been
studied primarily in clinical settings. In the absence of an
adequate epidemiological database, cultural stereotypes have
influenced the characterization of chronic fatigue syndrome as
"the yuppie flu," similar to the 19th century characterization
of neurasthenia as a disease of the affluent. The limited
epidemiological data available and the overall
medical-sociological literature call this assumption into
question. Only a community "true" prevalence study that is
unbiased by help seeking and access to health care can provide
an accurate assessment of the risk factors for and the public
health ramifications of this disease.

Richman JA, Flaherty JA, Rospenda KM




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