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/CFS is looking bright.
“By working together, and with our ME/CFS 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 patients 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, https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/news/doctors-believe-me
Muirhead, N., “Do you really believe in ME?,” Royal College of Physicians News, 10th April 2019, https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/news/do-you-really-believe-me
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Dr. Nina Muirhead
Dermatology Surgeon, Chair of CFS/ME Research Collaborative Medical Education Working Group, Forward ME representative, Expert Witness, UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.