False positivesFalse negatives
IndividualStructuralIndividualStructural
Stress associated with a diagnosisCost of initial CFS/ME treatment/managementCondition has deteriorated over timeCost of treating/managing incorrect condition
Delayed treatment/management of true conditionIncreased cost of treating true condition if this has become more severeIncreased cost of treating CFS/ME if this has become more severe

From: 5, Making a diagnosis of CFS/ME

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