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The Economic impact of ME/CFS: Individual and societal costs

Overview of attention for article published in Dynamic Medicine, April 2008
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The Economic impact of ME/CFS: Individual and societal costs
Published in
Dynamic Medicine, April 2008
DOI 10.1186/1476-5918-7-6
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Leonard A Jason, Mary C Benton, Lisa Valentine, Abra Johnson, Susan Torres-Harding


ME/CFS is characterized by debilitating fatigue in addition to other physical and cognitive symptoms. It is estimated to affect over 800,000 adults in the U.S. ME/CFS often results in diminished functionality and increased economic impact. The economic impact of an illness is generally divided into two categories: direct and indirect costs. Despite high prevalence rates and the disabling nature of the illness, few studies have examined the costs of ME/CFS at the individual and societal level. In fact, of the four studies examining the economic impact of ME/ME/CFS only two used a U. S. sample. The current study used community and tertiary samples to examine the direct costs of ME/CFS.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Unknown 97 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 16%
Other 12 12%
Student > Bachelor 12 12%
Student > Master 9 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 7 7%
Other 23 23%
Unknown 19 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 14 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 10%
Psychology 10 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 7%
Other 24 24%
Unknown 26 27%
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