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Known unknowns, and as yet medically unexplained diseases

Doctors with M.E. Honorary Fellow, Dr. David Strain, published the following well-received article on 12th May 2022, as part of the British Medical Association’s recognistion of World ME Awareness Day. It’s the first global awareness day for ME – myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome – and time to acknowledge medicine still has a lot…Continue readingKnown unknowns, and as yet medically unexplained diseases

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Getting compliant with NICE guideline – the patient experience requirement

Section 1.16 of the NICE ME/CFS Guideline requires that health and social care providers ensure that all staff delivering care to people with ME/CFS have an understanding of the patient experience. Doctors with M.E. asked the CFS/ME Research Collaborative Patient Advisory Group (CMRC PAG) what patients make of the new NICE guideline. They shared the…Continue readingGetting compliant with NICE guideline – the patient experience requirement

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What does good practice look like? Patients chip in

When faced with a life changing, devastating chronic illness with no cure in a young person, doctors often don’t know what to do. Doctors with M.E. has produced guidance for GPs, but what do patients want? We asked patients to share examples of when doctors got it right. It is heartening to read this collection…Continue readingWhat does good practice look like? Patients chip in

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ME/CFS: The urgent need for improved generalist medical education

Doctors are currently underprepared for care of patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and medical education in this area is deficient.  ME/CFS is a complex, chronic multi-system condition which affects at least 250,000 people in the UK, and frequently develops following a viral infection.(1)(2)  Importantly, a growing number of people living with chronic disease following Covid-19…Continue readingME/CFS: The urgent need for improved generalist medical education

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The doctor who doesn’t believe she is ill

The newly published 2021 NICE guideline on ME/CFS calls for a change in culture, from one of stigma and disbelief to one which listens to the patient. Doctors with M.E. starts by listening to one patient’s story. Dr. Hng collapses at work and still doesn’t know she is ill. She doesn’t call for help. She…Continue readingThe doctor who doesn’t believe she is ill

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The NICE debacle – will NICE survive?

The current NICE debacle and extraordinary deviation from normal procedure and published protocol is further evidence of institutionalised discrimination by large sections of the UK medical establishment.  That one professional and patient group should be treated in a manner at odds with clear and growing scientific knowledge would be unacceptable in any other disease.  Yet…Continue readingThe NICE debacle – will NICE survive?

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Doctors with M.E. Honorary Fellow and founding father of the Human Genome Project comments on the NICE pause – “it is time for the UK to join the rest of the scientific community”

Doctors with M.E. Honorary Fellow Professor Ron Davis has issued a powerful statement condemning the failure of the UK National Institute of Clinical and Care Excellence to maintain its independence. He describes how it has instead accommodated vested interests, which perpetuate low standards and contra-scientific medical belief systems. “It is a travesty that NICE is…Continue readingDoctors with M.E. Honorary Fellow and founding father of the Human Genome Project comments on the NICE pause – “it is time for the UK to join the rest of the scientific community”

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Honorary Fellow on the new NICE Guideline for ME/CFS: Ten Questions Answered

Your questions regarding the new NICE Guideline announcement this week have been broken down and addressed by Doctors with M.E. Honorary Fellow, Professor Brian Hughes: 1. What’s going on? 2. How is the new guideline different to the old one? 3. Why is the new guideline being welcomed? 4. Why was the old guideline problematic?…Continue readingHonorary Fellow on the new NICE Guideline for ME/CFS: Ten Questions Answered

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Revisiting NICE Expert Testimony on ME/CFS education and training: Dr. Nina Muirhead

The following expert testimony was provided to the NICE ME/CFS Guidelines Committee by Doctors with M.E. Director, Dr. Nina Muirhead. It regards the problematic context of lacking information, education and support for health and social care professionals. Information, education and support for health and social care professionals providing care for people with ME/CFS. Summary testimony…Continue readingRevisiting NICE Expert Testimony on ME/CFS education and training: Dr. Nina Muirhead

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Honorary Fellow comments on the BMJ and NICE Guideline Committee Resignations

Is it just me, or is the BMJ’s take on those NICE guideline committee resignations maybe a little biased? The BMJ are reporting that four members of NICE’s guideline committee on ME/CFS have stood down. One is the medical advisor of the ME Association, who stated yesterday that he found it too difficult to combine…Continue readingHonorary Fellow comments on the BMJ and NICE Guideline Committee Resignations