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Handbook of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

ISBN: 978-0-471-41512-1
794 pages
June 2003
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Complete Coverage of chronic fatigue syndrome

The Handbook of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome provides authoritative coverage of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). A leading group of international contributors present up-to-date information and guidance to improve the understanding, proper identification, and treatment of this debilitating disease.

The handbook's comprehensive, multidisciplinary format draws on the medical, as well as mental health-related, aspects of CFS, including:

  • History, diagnosis, and classification
  • Phenomenology
  • Symptomatology
  • Assessment
  • Treatment and intervention
  • Pediatric and community issues
Topics covered include complexity of diagnosis, social effects of chronic disorders, and a variety of treatment techniques, including phase-based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapies, exercise therapy, and nutritional approaches.

An insightful and unique resource, the Handbook of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an enlightening book for all mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and counselors, as well as medical personnel, such as nurses, physicians, and physical-occupational therapists.

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Preface.

PART I: HISTORY, DIAGNOSIS, AND CLASSIFICATION.

Chapter 1. Epidemiology (Renée Taylor, et al.).

Chapter 2. Differential Diagnosis in Medical Assessment (Audrius V. Plioplys).

Chapter 3. The Complexities of Diagnosis (Byron Hyde).

Chapter 4. Sociocultural Context (Patricia Fennell).

Chapter 5. Genetics (Patrick F. Sullivan).

Chapter 6. Postinfective Fatigue (Andrew Lloyd).

Chapter 7. Immunology (Kevin Maher, et al.).

PART II: PHENOMENOLOGY: ILLNESS COURSE AND PATIENT PERCEPTIONS.

Chapter 8. A Four-Phase Approach to Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Patricia Fennell).

Chapter 9. Social Effects of Chronic Disorders (Kat Duff).

Chapter 10. Family Systems Perspective (Barbara G. Melamed).

Chapter 11. Clinical Perspectives and Patient Experiences (Jon Sterling).

PART III: SYMPTOMATOLOGY.

Chapter 12. Pain and Fatigue (Dennis C. Turk and Beatrice Ellis).

Chapter 13. Orthostatic Intolerance (Julian M. Stewart).

Chapter 14. Sleep Disorders (Joan L. Shaver).

Chapt er 15. Cardiac and Virologic Issues (A. Martin Lerner, et al.).

Chapter 16. Neuroendocrine Dysfunction (Anthony Cleare).

PART IV: ASSESSMENT.

Chapter 17. Measuring Symptoms and Fatigue Severity (Antonia Dittner and Trudie Chalder).

Chapter 18. Functional Capacity Evaluation (Kevin McCully).

Chapter 19. Structured Diagnostic Interviews and Self-Rating Scales (Fred Friedberg).

Chapter 20. Neurocognitive Assessment (John DeLuca and Lana Tiersky).

PART V: TREATMENT AND INTERVENTION.

Chapter 21. Medical Intervention and Management (Paul Levine, et al.).

Chapter 22. Phase-Based Interventions (Patricia Fennell).

Chapter 23. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (Gijs Bleijenberg, et al.).

Chapter 24. Stress and Immunity (Michael H. Antoni and Donna Weiss).

Chapter 25. Development of the SMART-ENERGY Program (Donna Weiss, et al.).

Chapter 26. Exercise Therapy (Christopher Snell, et al.).

Chapter 27. Nutritional Approaches (Richard Van Konynenburg).

Chapter 28. Rehabilitation Counseling (Donald Uslan).

PART VI: PEDIATRIC AND COMMUNITY ISSUES.

Chapter 29. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Adolescence (Mark Scott Smith and Bryan D. Carter).

Chapter 30. Psychological and Educational Issues for Children and Adolescents (Bryan D. Carter and Tanya Stockhammer).

Chapter 31. Community-Based Interventions (Leonard Jason and Renée Taylor).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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LEONARD A. JASON, PhD, is former president of APA s division of Community Psychology and has written or edited fifteen books, including A Clinician s Guide to Controversial Illnesses (with Renée R. Taylor and Fred Friedberg) and Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (with Fred Friedberg). He is the Director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University.

PATRICIA A. FENNELL, MSW, CSW-R, is a researcher and clinician specializing in chronic illness and trauma. She is CEO of Albany Health Management, Inc., a center for counseling, consulting, professional education, doctoral training for the State University of New York, and for collaborative international research using her empirically validated "Four-Phase Model". Her recent publications include Managing Chronic Illness Using the Four-Phase Treatment Approach: A Mental Health Professional s Guide to Helping Chronically Ill People (Wiley) and The Chronic Illness Workbook.

RENÉE R. TAYLOR, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She specializes in research on chronic fatigue and is coauthor of A Clinician s Guide to Controversial Illnesses (with Fred Friedberg and Leonard A. Jason).

CHARLES W. LAPP, MD, is Director of the Hunter-Hopkins Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, which specializes in the treatment of CFS. He is former vice president of the American Association for CFS and a board member of the American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association.

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"Highly recommended for all academic, medical , and hospital libraries as well as all who are concerned with this complex disease." (Medical Reference Services Quarterly, Vol.23, No.3; Fall 2004)

“…will provide a useful resource for those working with CFS patients” (Psychological Medicine, Vol.34, 2004)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disease whose "cause and pathophysiology…remain unknow." The editors of this handbook, Jason (director, Ctr. For Community Research, DePaul Univ.), Patricia Fennell (CEO, Albany Health Management), and Renee Taylor (occupational therapy, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) have worked in the SCF field since the 1980s and have published extensively in the medical literature. Here, they have assembled entries on CFS by over 50 international contributors, including physicians, researchers, and psychologists affiliated with such diverse institutions as they University of Miami School of Medicine, Glaxo Wellcome, and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, Aimed at clinicians, researchers, allied health professionals, and counselors, the handbook covers an enormous number of topics, including diagnosis, genetics, social effects, family systems, sleep disorders, rehabilitation counseling, stress, exercise therapy, and pediatric issues. The chapter "Social Effects of Chronic Disorders" contains virtually the only case studies in the text. There are several dozen black-and-white charts, fi gures and tables, ranging from "Nutritional Supplementations for CFS" to a cognitive-behavioral therapy outline of treatment. It should be noted that this books does not cover post-polio fatigue, and there is just one chapter on fibromyalgia as it relates to CFS. There are author and subject indexes, and every chapter ends with a lengthy, up-to-date bibliography. Most references are from major medical, social science, and allied health journals. Less scientifically oriented than Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Biological Approach, edited by Patrick Englebienne and Kenny Demeirleir, this is a reasonably priced textbook from a reputable publisher and is suitable for medical, academic, and hospital libraries lacking current nonconsumer titles on the topic. —Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston. (Library Journal, November 1, 2003)

Written by a virtual Who’s Who of CFIDS researchers, clinicians and patients, the Handbook touches on every aspect of the CIFDS experience—from assessment, treatment and symptomatology to patient perspectives. While it does not break new ground in terms of research or patient care, the book serves as a comprehensive primer. Although it’s written with health-care professionals in mind, astute lay readers should find the Handbook an enlightening guide. (The CIFDS Chronicle, Fall, 2003 (Volume 16, number 4, page 23)

"...a thorough guide to the issues facing health-care providers...helps to give a comprehensive understanding of the major issues..." (IJTR Books, Vol 11(2), 2004)

The Handbook of CFS is a valuable anthology of current thought and research. Its list of contributing authors reads like a "Who s Who" in the CFS field and the bibliographies that follow each chapter provide ample evidence to diffuse skeptics who doubt that this complex condition is "real." Readers are presented with varied and sometimes contradicting viewpoints held by the contributors, important in a field where conflicting reports are often the result of methodological incongruities.

The Handbook is as important for the context it creates for understanding CFS as it is for its thoroughness and detail. The sections on diagnosis and treatment do a splendid job of illuminating subtleties that can cloud diagnosis and confound treatment. The diversity of disciplines represented ensures that providers have plenty of tools for symptom management, while CFS patients can use the Handbook to gain insight into their illness and develop effective strategies to maximize function and quality of life in the face of a disabling condition.
—K. Kimberly Kenney, President & CEO, The CFIDS Asso ciation of America 

I am confident that many open-minded and intelligent people will read the Handbook and find it an excellent resource. I, for one, have been extremely excited about revamping my approach since reading the Handbook. Believe it or not, I am already seeing some improvement in patients whom I thought were untreatable.
—Charles W. Lapp, M.D., Director, Hunter-Hopkins Center, Charlotte, NC, Assistant Consulting Professor at Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC

The Handbook of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, edited by Leonard A. Jason, Patricia A. Fennell, and Renee R. Taylor, is fairly well written to cover all aspects of CFS...[It] has extensive information and excellent references. It is not only an excellent source of information on CFS, but also an excellent reference book on CFS for individuals who are diagnosing or treating this illness or are planning to enter this field....overall the balance is very fair and comprehensive. In addition, a strength of the book is that it presents a variety of different non-pharmacological intervention approaches, which include the more traditional cognitive behavioral interventions from Europe, to more stress inoculation interventions...cognitive coping efforts...non-aerobic exercise programs...comprehensive rehabilitation approaches...phase based interventions...empowerment oriented approaches... and energy envelope treatment approaches.... In my opinion, the handbook is an excellent reference book for medical libraries, medical schools, practicing physicians, heathcare providers, and others.
—Dharam V. Ablashi, DVM, MS, Dip. Bact., President, American Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I am confident that many open-minded and intelligent people will read the Handbook and find it an excellent resource. I, for one, have been extremely excited about revamping my approach since reading the Handbook. Believe it or not, I am already seeing some improvement in patients whom I thought were untreatable.
—Charles W. Lapp, M.D., Director, Hunter-Hopkins Center, Charlotte, NC, Assistant Consulting Professor at Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC

Aimed at clinicians, researchers, allied health professionals, and counselors, the handbook covers an enormous number of topics, including diagnosis, genetics, social effects, family systems, sleep disorders, rehabilitation counseling, stress, exercise therapy, and pediatric issues....[T]his is a reasonably priced textbook from a reputable publisher and is suitable for medical, academic, and hospital libraries lacking current nonconsumer titles on the topic.
—Martha E. Stone, Massachusetts General Hosp. Lib., Boston for Library Journal

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