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Committee Recommendations

November 28-29, 2007

CFSAC voted unanimously to send the following recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Health for transmittal to the Secretary:

  • It is recommended that a representative of AHRQ be added as an ex officio member to CFSAC effective immediately, but at least in advance of the next CFSAC meeting. The next CFSAC meeting is scheduled to be held in May 2008.

  • It is recommended that the CDC effort on CFS be restructured to reflect a broader expertise on the multifaceted capabilities required to execute a comprehensive program that incorporates the following elements:

    • an extramural effort directed by the Office of the Director;

    • sufficient funds for a program for which the authority and accountability is housed at the level of a coordinating center director;

    • a lab-based component that maintains the current search for biomarkers and pathophysiology;

    • the recommendations of the external CDC Blue Ribbon panel, including developing, analyzing, and evaluating new interventions and continuing support for longitudinal studies; and

    • an expanded patient, healthcare provider, and family caregiver education effort that is managed by staff with appropriate expertise in clinical and public education strategies.