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Chronic fatigue syndrome clinical practice guidelines: psychological factors

Ian B Hickie
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (9): 526.
Published online: 4 November 2002

To the Editor: The process of destigmatising chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is not advanced by either limiting enquiry to "acceptable" sciences or increasing the stigma already experienced by people with other neuropsychiatric disorders. Contrary to its intent, and in contrast to the recently published Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) guidelines,1 the recent statement by the immediate past president of the RACP and the Chairman of the ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association of Australia2 is in danger of increasing the stigma for both people with CFS and people with other common mental disorders.

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