For Health Care Providers

 

 THE INTERNATIONAL ME CONSENSUS CRITERIA

The International Consensus build on the Canadian Consensus documents below, setting up specific criteria for the diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – Adult & Paediatric: International Consensus Primer for Medical Practitioners, 2012, International Consensus Panel, Editors: Bruce M. Carruthers, MD, CM, FRACP(C), Marjorie I. van de Sande, B Ed

This primer was based on the work “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria,Journal of Internal Medicine, Volume 270, Issue 4, pages 327–338, October 2011. The panel of 26 international authors was led by coeditors Bruce M. Carruthers, MD, CM, FRCP(C) and Marjorie I. van de Sande, BEd, GradDip Ed.

 ME/CFS CANADIAN CONSENSUS DOCUMENTS

In 2003 Health Canada, in cooperation with the National MEFM Action Network, convened an expert panel to develop and publish a Canadian clinical case definition for the diagnosis and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  The resulting full document was peer reviewed and published as:

Myalgic Encephalomelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Clinical Working Case Definition, Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols – A Consensus Document
Bruce M Carruthers, Anil Kumar Jain, Kenny L De Meirleir, Daniel L Peterson, Nancy G Klimas, A Martin Lerner, Alison C Bested, Pierre Flor-Henry, Pradip Joshi, AC Peter Powles, Jeffrey A Sharkey, Marjorie I van de Sande
Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 11(1):7-115, 2003

In 2005, a summary of the above full definition was published to assist physicians in applying the protocols to clinical practice. The summary is available as:

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners.  An Overview of the Consensus Document.
Bruce M Carruthers, Marjorie I van de Sande 2005/2006  ISBN: 0-9739335-0-X

 THE IACFS ME PHYSICIAN PRIMER

The International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) published the ME/CFS Primer for Clinical Practitioners (2014 revision). This document is based on the Canadian Consensus Criteria for diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS.

 FM CANADIAN CONSENSUS DOCUMENTS

In 2003 Health Canada, in cooperation with the National MEFM Action Network, convened an expert panel to develop and publish a Canadian clinical case definition for the diagnosis and treatment of Fibromyalgia. The resulting full document was peer reviewed and published as:

Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Canadian Clinical Working Case Definition, Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols. A Consensus Document. Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain 11(4), 2003,  Jain AK and Carruthers BM, co-editors. van de Sande MI, Barron SR, Donaldson CCS, Dunne JV, Gingrich E, Heffez DS, Leung F Y-K, Malone DG, Romano TJ, Russell IJ, Saul D, Seibel DG. © Copyright 2003 Haworth Press Inc., Binghamton, NY.

The FMS Consensus Document was also published simultaneously as a book - Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Clinical Definition for Practitioners. IJ Russell: editor. Haworth Medical Press © 2004.

In 2005, a summary of the above full definition was published in the form of an overview to assist physicians in applying the protocols to clinical practice. The summary is available as:

Fibromyalgia Syndrome:  A Clinical Case Definition and Guidelines for Medical Practitioners. An Overview of the Consensus Document. Bruce M Carruthers, Marjorie I van de Sande 2005  ISBN: 0-9739335-1-8