ME Association

Telling GPs the truth about ME

A short, sharp campaign to put the known medical facts about this illness into the hands of GPs and so help to dispel some of the prevailing medical myths and fantasies.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (801279)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,150

Amount raised

£9,085

Donations

79

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

Situation

Many GPs are uninformed about ME/CFS or still dismiss it as a non-existent illness or believe that it is a psychological illness that can be treated using psychological methods, which it is not. This continuing lack of knowledge and these misguided beliefs, and the use of psychological treatments which fail to restore the health of those affected, frequently result in a breakdown of trust between patients and their doctors and leave ME/CFS sufferers feeling very misunderstood.

Solution

– By issuing guidance to GP surgeries round the UK. – By harnessing the available energy of patients who will identify surgeries that need assistance in understanding modern medical practice regarding this illness. – By running a media campaign on the issue – not ‘naming and shaming’ because that will be counter-productive but in a spirit of collaboration and support.