Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) costs the United States over $9 billion each year in lost productivity according to an article published today in the Open Access journal Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation. This estimate, which is similar to the financial losses caused by digestive system disorders or infectious and parasitic diseases, does not include healthcare costs, which are likely to be substantial.
According to the study authors, “The extent of the burden indicates that continued research to determine the cause of and potential therapies for CFS could provide substantial benefit both for individual patients and for the nation.”
Dr William Reeves, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and his colleagues interviewed 56,000 people from Wichita, Kansas over the phone. Of these, 3,551 people reported that they had been suffering from fatigue for more than a month. 43 of these fatigued individuals were classified as suffering from CFS during a clinical evaluation, conducted as part of the study.
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