Defining recovery in chronic fatigue syndrome: a critical review

@article{Adamowicz2014DefiningRI,
  title={Defining recovery in chronic fatigue syndrome: a critical review},
  author={Jenna L Adamowicz and Indre Caikauskaite and Fred Friedberg},
  journal={Quality of Life Research},
  year={2014},
  volume={23},
  pages={2407-2416}
}
AbstractPurposeIn chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), the lack of consensus on how recovery should be defined or interpreted has generated controversy and confusion. The purpose of this paper was to systematically review, compare, and evaluate the definitions of recovery reported in the CFS literature and to make recommendations about the scope of recovery assessments. MethodsA search was done using the MEDLINE, PubMed, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and Cochrane databases for peer review papers that contained… 

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