Royal College of Physicians and DwME on the ME/CFS interest surge

Doctors with M.E. Director, Dr. Nina Muirhead, has written for the Royal College of Physicians in a follow up to her 2019 article. This article comes within Royal College of Physicians initiatives to work with medical specialities to improve care for Long COVID patients. In particular, Dr. Muirhead discusses the recent surge in clinical interest in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and its relevance to the pandemic.

In reply, Doctors with M.E. Honorary Fellow, Professor Derek Pheby, further details the background of stigma and denial and concurs that the future for ME/ is looking bright.

The article can be read here on the RCP site and Professor Pheby’s reply can be read here.

“By working together, and with our ME/ and long COVID patients, we can be more proactive about making a diagnosis and recording the disease burden and impact on quality of life for and their family members.”

Dr. Nina Muirhead, Director, Doctors with M.E. on the recent RCP article

“Indeed, if there is a silver lining to the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is that the message has finally got across that long term neurological and other sequelae following viral infections are genuine clinical entities.”

Professor Derek Pheby, Honorary Fellow, Doctors with M.E. on the recent RCP article

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Citations and Credits

Muirhead, N., “Doctors believe in ME,” Royal College of Physicians News, 15th July 2021,

Muirhead, N., “Do you really believe in ME?,” Royal College of Physicians News, 10th April 2019,

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Dermatology Surgeon, Chair of /ME Research Collaborative Working Group, Forward ME representative, Expert Witness, UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.

BA(Oxon), BMBCh(Oxon), MRCS, DOHNS, MEd, PGDipDerm

Dr. is a Dermatology Surgeon at the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and is a founding contributor to Doctors with M.E. Since becoming ill with M.E. in September 2016, she has done much to raise awareness of M.E., speaking and writing in various forums in the UK and abroad, including the Cambridge GP Society, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Royal College of Physicians and the British Medical Journal.

Dr. Muirhead is Chair of the /ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) Working Group and a member of the Forward ME group of UK ME charities. She is also author of the free ME/CFS online training module on Study PRN, which carries 1 CPD credit. Dr. Muirhead is active in research and education, and supervises several medical students on their projects on ME/CFS.