AIM. To identify whether general practitioners accept the validity
of a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
anonymous questionnaire was sent out to 98 general
practitioners in Otago.
RESULTS. The clinical validity of
chronic fatigue syndrome was accepted by 74 (90%); 57 believed
they had sufficient knowledge about the condition to make a
differential diagnosis; 72 indicated they had had patients
with chronic fatigue syndrome in the past; 62 currently had
patients; there is a minimum prevalence rate of 167/100,000 in
the general practice population; 83 replies were received.
CONCLUSION. The 90% acceptance rate of chronic fatigue
syndrome as a clinically valid diagnosis suggests that amongst
the Otago general practitioners the controversy had receded.
The low numbers suggest that they are on the conservative end
of the diagnostic spectrum.
Denz-Penhey H, Murdoch JC