Examining those Meeting IOM Criteria Versus IOM Plus Fibromyalgia

By L. A. Jason et al.


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently developed clinical criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). There might be additional criteria that could select a more homogenous and impaired group of patients, particularly those with pain. The current study focused on criteria which involved meeting the four IOM criteria, excluding medical and psychiatric co-morbidities, along with having fibromyalgia (FM). Findings indicated that those meeting the IOM clinical criteria plus FM were more impaired on a wide variety of symptoms and functional areas than those meeting on the IOM criteria or those with just 6 months of fatigue. The implications of using such research criteria are discussed.

Source: Jason LA, McManimen S, Sunnquist M, Newton JL, Strand EB. Examining those Meeting IOM Criteria Versus IOM Plus Fibromyalgia.Neurology (ECronicon). 2017;5(1):19-28. Epub 2017 Mar 8.

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