Stripy Lightbulb CIC’s e-training courses were extensively researched during their creation and we strive to ensure the information contained within them is kept up to date and as accurate as possible given the shortage of facts and figures surrounding the condition and its wider issues.
We have taken the decision to not adopt the findings of a new research paper that addressed the current global prevalence of M.E/C.F.S. This new study gave the new prevalence to be 65 million M.E/C.F.S patients worldwide. We had concerns with the research as the new global estimate was established using pre-existing research findings taken solely from the US M.E/C.F.S population. We consulted with the research team at Cure ME (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) to seek their opinion.
We are in agreement with the Cure ME team, much more work has to be done in smaller regional populations with M.E-specific diagnostic criteria before a more accurate global prevalence estimate can be reached. As you will learn on our e-courses, at the moment in 2020, there is a range of different diagnostic criteria, many of which include ‘vague’ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, this vagueness often leads to misdiagnosis.
Stripy Lightbulb CIC believes that the global prevalence may be over the current estimate of 17-30 million patients but recognise that a more accurate estimate won’t come about in the near future. We will continue to use the 17-30 million global estimate within our e-training.
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