ME/CVS-Stichting Nederland

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ME/CVS-Stichting Nederland is a ME/CFS patient group and charity in the Netherlands.[1]


Although the foundation uses a combination concept of ME/CFS in their name[2] in order to be relevant to many doctors and patients, the charity produced a 2018 policy document, entitled “Beleidsvisie ME in Nederland” (“Policy vision, ME in the Netherlands”), which describes "CFS" as a stigmatizing term and recommends "ME" as the future term to be used.[3](p7)

The policy document further recommended using the SEID diagnostic criteria for clinical use, but did not recommend any specific criteria for research use.[3](p8)



Notable people

  • Otto Albrecht - Director
  • Caroline Nouwen - office staff

Board members

  • Theo Kuiphof - President
  • Jaap Jan Pieterman - general board member
  • Pieter Miedema - Treasurer
  • Ronnie Schuurbiers - Secretary

Research/Notable studies


ME/CVS-Stichting Nederland was founded in 1987.[4]


ME/CVS-Stichting Nederland receives modest government funding as a result of being recognized as the national ME/CFS patient organization for the Netherlands.[4]

Interviews and articles

Online presence

See also

Learn more


  1. "Home". ME/CVS Stichting Nederland (in Nederlands). Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  2. "Wat is ME/CVS?". ME/CVS Stichting Nederland (in Nederlands). Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  3. 3.03.1 Board of the ME/CVS Stichting Nederland (March 19, 2018). "Beleidsvisie ME in Nederland" (PDF). ME/CVS Stichting Nederland. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  4. 4.04.1 "Onze Stichting". ME/CVS Stichting Nederland (in Nederlands). Retrieved September 24, 2019.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) - A term for ME/CFS that aims to avoid the stigma associated with the term "chronic fatigue syndrome", while emphasizing the defining characteristic of post-exertional malaise (PEM). SEID was defined as part of the diagnostic criteria put together by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report of 10 February 2015.

The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.
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