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The Scottish Good Practice Statement for GPs
Monday 1 June 2009
NHS 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.
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. Scotsman.com 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:
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