Study of Support Groups A study published in December’s Journal of Rheumatology has found that support groups are helpful for people with CFIDS. [and I would think fibro, too!!] About two-thirds said the top benefits were illness legitimization and finding helpful new information. More than a third also said that they gained help finding or dealing with doctors. The researchers pointed out, however, that active members reported greater symptom severity and less illness improvement than inactive group members or those who no longer attend meetings. Source: as printed on the National Fibromyalgia Association website.