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The Scottish Good Practice Statement for GPs

Monday 1 June 2009

NHS LothianNHS Lothian has announced The Scottish Good Practice Statement for GPs. It provides guidelines for GPs in Scotland and is the result of a survey entitled Believe in ME.

The Scottish Government commissioned the Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN) to produce the Good Practice Statement.

You can read about the background and history of the project on ScotPHN's Health Care Needs Assessment for those Experiencing CFS/ME page.

NHS Lothian has a web page about Believe in ME.

The Good Practice Statement has been widely reported as well. News has an article which says:

'Milestone' celebrated as ME document is sent to GPs

FOR years it has been dismissed as "yuppie flu", fuelling a perception that it has received little attention from doctors. But campaigners for recognition of ME as a serious illness both in the medical world and among the general public are celebrating what they are branding a "milestone" move.

And STV News says:

A recent report published by NHS Lothian has highlighted the results of a survey of people suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) from across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The Believe in ME study show patients' experiences of living with the condition and of accessing and using services in Lothian.

The survey sought the views 168 people diagnosed with ME - also referred to as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome.

The Statement has also been welcomed by ME/CFS societies in Scotland and elsewhere:

The ME Association: "ME/CFS good practice guide launched for Scotland"

Action for M.E.: "Launch of new Scottish GP guide"

ME/CFS Awareness: "Launch Scottish Good Practice Statement in ME Awareness Week"

Het Alternatief: "Een doorbraak voor ME/CVS-patiënten in Schotland..."



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