Category Archives: Chronic Fatigue

CFS A Major Cause of Children Missing School?

According to research published in BMJ Open, undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) may be responsible for almost 1% of non-truant children who miss extended time off school. The authors state that earlier estimates, based on findings in just less than 3,000 pupils aged between 11 to 16 years at three secondary schools in the southwest of England, where specialist CFS/ME services are well established, have indicated that CFS/ME affects between 0.1 to 0.5% of children.

The study included children who had missed over 20% of schooling over a 6-week period, but excluded children who missed school for a defined episode of ill health. Over a 6-week period, 461 children had missed more than 20% of school with 3 children because of CFS/ME. The reason of absence for the remaining 146 children was unexplained. 112 of these children attended a clinical review at school, where two children unknown to the school, had already been diagnosed with CFS/ME, whilst 42 children were referred on to a specialist clinic, which resulted in 23 children being newly diagnosed with CFS/ME. The figures demonstrate that 28 of 2,855 children, i.e. the equivalent of 1% of the school roll who missed over 20% of schooling over a six-week period suffered from CFS/ME. For more information follow the link to Medical News Today

Self Help Groups

The Dove Clinic has centres in London and Winchester.  In London there are many ME support groups including the North London ME Network.  In Winchester there is a local support group – The Eastleigh and Winchester ME Group.  At the moment there is very little information on the site.  If you would like to publicise your local support group, please comment on this post.

Welcome to the CFS Reference Point

This blog is here for anyone affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  This blog has been established Dove Clinic Logoby The Dove Clinic for the patients, other sufferers, and anyone affected by this disorder.  The Dove Clinic has a site developed specifically to explain its treatment approaches to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which can be found at You are welcome to post any questions or observations on this blog- but inappropriate comments will be subject to editorial determination.