Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): Chronic Pain and Fatigue, Guideline Summary

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Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): Chronic Pain and Fatigue, Guideline Summary

Description

This 18-page guideline summary is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline, Management of Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Chronic Pain and Fatigue, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. It is intended to:

  • Promote efficient and effective assessment of patients’ complaints
  • Identify the critical decision points in management of patients with medically unexplained symptoms: chronic pain and fatigue
  • Allow flexibility so that local policies or procedures, such as those regarding referrals to or consultation with specialists, can be accommodated
  • Improve local management of patients with chronic unexplained illness and thereby improve patient outcomes

This guideline summary addresses the following topics:

  • Guideline summary
  • Medically unexplained symptoms algorithm
  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Overlapping chronic multi-symptom illness
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) definitions
  • Treatment
  • Pharmacologic agents for CFS/FM
  • Followup

Developer:

Department of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Health Administration

Funding Sources:

Department of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Health Administration

History

Release Date: 2002
Original Summary: February 2005
Last Updated: 05/07/14

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