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Making the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalitis in primary care: a qualitative study

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1 Issue date: August 2007 Chronic fatigue syndrome/ myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy) Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): diagnosis and management of CFS/ME in adults and children NICE clinical guideline 53 Developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care NICE clinical guideline 53 Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): diagnosis and management of CFS/ME in adults and children Ordering information You can download the following documents from www.nice.org.uk/CG053 • The NICE guideline (this document) – all the recommendations. • A quick reference guide – a summary of the recommendations for healthcare professionals. • ‘Understanding NICE guidance’ – information for patients and carers. • The full guideline – all the recommendations, details of how they were developed, and reviews of the evidence they were based on. For printed copies of the quick reference guide or ‘Understanding NICE guidance’, phone the NHS Response Line on 0870 1555 455 and quote: • N1302 (quick reference guide) • N1303 (‘Understanding NICE guidance’). . NICE clinical guidelines are recommendations about the treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions in the NHS in England and Wales This guidance represents the view of the Institute, which was arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. Healthcare professionals are expected to take it fully into account when exercising their clinical judgement. The guidance does not, however, override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer and informed by the summary of product characteristics of any drugs they are considering. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence MidCity Place 71 High Holborn London WC1

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