Chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis
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Chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis

Dianne Burns Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
Collette Bennett Clinical nurse specialist, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Service, Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, Preston
Amanda McGough Specialist nurse for chronic fatigue syndrome, Centre for Clinical Infection, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a debilitating illness that affects many systems of the body, particularly the nervous and immune systems. The condition affects all age, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. This article focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to recognise, assess, manage and support patients with CFS/ME. The principles of management and rehabilitation can be applied by nurses and other healthcare professionals irrespective of the clinical setting and context.

Nursing Standard. 26, 25, 48-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.

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