March 17, 2017
Over 48% of people with M.E./CFS in the UK who took part in a recent survey say they wouldn’t trust their GP to give them information on their condition.
The report, Tired of explaining: Experiences of services for ME/CFS patients in Trafford and Greater Manchester, is based on survey responses from more than a thousand people who have the illness.
More than 51% of the 86 people with M.E./CFS living in the Greater Manchester area who answered the question said they wouldn’t trust their GP to provide them with information about the condition, while 48.9% of the 566 people from across the entire UK who answered the same question said they wouldn’t trust their GP to provide them with information about the condition.
The report highlights the need for greater understanding of M.E. among GPs and other healthcare professionals throughout the UK, something Action for M.E. is addressing today at the Royal College of GPs’ neurology conference.
Around 80 qualified and trainee GPs are expected to attend the one-day conference, which provides expert specialist clinical training and essential information on Neurology for GPs and their practice colleagues.
Action for M.E. will have a stand at the event and will give each GP a copy of our Newly Diagnosed with M.E. booklet. We will also speak to GPs about the illness, its symptoms and effects, and will invite them to a forthcoming educational webinar for GPs that will focus on M.E., POTS and Autonomic Dysfunction, led by Prof Julia Newton and sponsored by Action for M.E.