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While financial issues regarding patients with ME and CFS have been documented within a U.S sample, less is known about the issues within an international sample. Issues prohibiting patients in the international Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) community from accessing and being satisfied with specialist and non-specialist care, such as physical functioning, distance, and cost was identified in this study. Data was gathered from a total of 440 international participants ranging from ages 18 to 78. Finding suggest that specialist access to care is not based on severity of disability, but rather whether participants have the time and finances necessary to see a specialist. The results of this study also show that patients who are willing and able to travel to their specialist by car or taxi have significantly higher physical functioning than those who travel to their specialist using public transportation.
Type of Research
Undergraduate Student - Independent Study