Resources for Healthcare Providers

It is a challenge to compassionately and effectively care for a patient with a complex, multi-system illness like ME/CFS.

However, a great place to get started is with our SMCI Webinar Series. Learn more from discussions with clinicians, researchers and experts about ME/CFS.

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You can also visit the ME/CFS webpage created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for additional information and materials. We recognize that the CDC webpage is still evolving and SMCI looks forward to working with the CDC to facilitate continuing improvements.

The following key items aim to empower you with more information:

The US ME/CFS Coalition Guide to Diagnosing and Treating ME/CFS (September 2019)
The US ME/CFS Clinician Coalition, a group of US ME/CFS experts, has authored this handout on the basics of diagnosis and management of ME/CFS. This handout is being made available online for the medical community to help them better understand how to recognize ME/CFS and how to appropriately care for patients. Patients may also find it useful to provide this handout to their own providers.
ME/CFS experts in the US formed the ME/CFS Clinician Coalition in March 2018 with the goals of advancing the clinical care of people with ME/CFS and providing clinical insights to researchers in the field. More information on the 2019 summit is available here. The handout on diagnosis and management provides a link for medical providers who are interested in getting more information on the coalition.

Unprecedented Continuing Medical Education on ME/CFS Brings Relief to Doctors and Patients Alike: Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) released groundbreaking, free, on-demand webinars on ME/CFS for healthcare providers to earn CME credits while learning about the highly disabling disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness. February, 2015. One of the most comprehensive reports regarding ME/CFS, this report was published by the National Academy of Medicine and includes a diagnostic criteria, clinicians guide, and comprehensive literature review.

  • Link to Report Summary (PDF)
  • Link to Report Key Facts (PDF)
  • Link to ME/CFS Clinicians’’ Guide (PDF)
  • Link to proposed Diagnostic Criteria (HTML)

ME/CFS: A Primer for Clinical Practitioners. (link to pdf here) July 2014. The “go-to” guide for clinical care, this primer for adult cases was published by the International Association for CFS and ME (IACFSME) and authored by a committee of experts. This is a great resource to provide to your doctor.

  • Link to download the Primer (PDF)
  • Link to Primer homepage (HTML)

ME/CFS FM Treatment Advice. Dr. Lucinda Bateman. Dr. Bateman, one of the foremost experts on ME/CFS and a member of SMCI’s Research Advisory Council provides advice on managing ME/CFS.

  • Link to Treatment Advice Article (PDF)
  • “Pearls of Wisdom,” Chronicle article from Dr. Lucinda Bateman (PDF)