A multidisciplinary, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Assessment and Treatment Center where individuals with CFS can be individually assessed and treatment specifically tailored to meet their unique needs, is being proposed in a grant.
To date, no effective comprehensive treatment and assessment program exists to address both the medical and social service needs of individuals within the chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) population.
The proposed center will provide a thorough and individualized assessment, which will lead to access to medical and social services provided by practitioners that are specialized in the area of CFS. A comprehensive treatment plan will then be developed for each patient. This might include focusing on increasing the physical, social, psychological, and occupational functioning of individuals with CFS. The Center will also provide resources to educate individuals with CFS and their families about the illness.
Based on individual needs, the Center will link patients with needed assistance such as financial support, housing, and daily-life activities. The Center’s emphasis is to provide a support network between people with CFS and service providers. Services available through the Center will be developed through the collaboration of on-site and local health and social service professionals (in conjunction with experts in the area of CFS). Local CFS self-help organizations will provide guidance.
In addition, the Center will educate the public, particularly medical and vocational service providers about the nature and treatment of CFS and about the services offered by the Center. The Center will work towards change at a larger level, increasing by its request on behalf of patients, the provision of effective services and resources for this population.
Information regarding this proposal and individual grants can be found on the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Project’s web site.