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Energy Index Point Score®

A Functional Capacity Measurement Tool for CFS Patients

To Physicians Caring for Patients with CFS

The Energy Index Point Score® (EIPS®) chart provides the severity of patient fatigue. A change in EIPS® level of one is a large, significant change. The EIPS® level is determined by agreement of physician and patient with the EIPS® chart easily available for viewing at out-patient visits. As the EIPS® level increases, CFS symptoms lessen and disappear.

How to use the EIPS® system in four easy steps:

1) Post the EIPS® chart in examining room

2) Ask patient to evaluate their level of activity based upon the prior two weeks

3) Question the patientís EIPS® evaluation

4) Record and track the EIPS® level. Report every 6-12 weeks.


0. Bed-ridden, up to bathroom only

1. Out of bed 30 - 60 minutes a day (sitting in chair is out of bed)

2. Out of bed sitting, standing, walking 1 - 2 hours per day

3. Out of bed sitting, standing, walking 2 - 4 hours per day

4. Out of bed sitting, standing, walking 4 - 6 hours per day

5. Perform with difficulty sedentary job 40 hours a week, daily naps


6. Daily naps in bed, may maintain a 40 hour sedentary work week plus light, limited housekeeping and/or social activities

7. No naps in bed. Up 7:00 a.m. to 9:00p.m. Able to work a sedentary job plus light housekeeping

8. Full sedentary workweek, no naps, some social activities plus light exercise

9. Same as 8 above plus exercise approximately 1/2 to 2/3 normal without excessive fatigue, awakens next morning refreshed

10. Normal

Download printable EIPS® chart for physicians' exam rooms or for patients to share with their doctor.


Energy Index Point Score® (EIPS®) is a registered trademark, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This document may be copied for use by physicians and patients, but may not be modified, sold, or distributed promotionally in any form without express written permission.

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