Activate Now
 
ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Depersonalization and Derealization From Chronic Lyme Disease and Its Coinfections: A perpetual ment...

How One LLND Treats Lyme disease and Co-infections Using Natural Medicine

Nutritional Strategies for Preventing Age-Related Vision Loss

Single Low-magnitude Electric Pulse Successfully Fights Inflammation

Why Is Spicy Food Good for You?

Parasites and Worms As Major Complicating Co-Factors In Lyme Disease Recovery

Omega-3 fatty acids may help improve treatment, quality of life in cancer patients

Ask the Doctor- Is it possible to be fully healed from or cured of Lyme Disease?

How Essential Oils Can Help Improve Your Life

Clinically Studied Joint Relief Product for FM & ME/CFS

 
Print Page
Email Article

Patients' hopes and expectations of a specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME service: A qualitative study – Source: Family Practice, May 9, 2011

  [ 1 vote ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By C McDermott, et al. • www.ProHealth.com • May 11, 2011


Background: The 2007 National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) recommend early management of the condition (National Institute for Heath and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Mylgic Encephalomyelitis (or Encephalopathy): Diagnosis and Management of CFS/ME in Adults and Children. NICE Clinical Guideline 53. London: National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care, 2007)

Investment by the Department of Health has expanded the number of specialist UK CFS/ME services but there has been little research on what patients hope or expect from referral.

Methods: A qualitative study exploring hopes and expectations of patients newly referred to a CFS/ME Service in the South of England. Interviews with 20 patients were analyzed using the constant comparative method.

Results: Participants hoped referral to a specialist service would clarify diagnosis, give guidance and support, assist in understanding the complexity of the illness and provide hope for the future.

While many participants valued the support of their GP, all viewed referral as offering a level of specialist expertise beyond that available in primary care.

Many participants expressed high levels of uncertainty about the nature of CFS/ME.

While participants hoped that the service would be able to provide information and guidance, many expressed the view that more information earlier in their illness would make the waiting period less stressful and make it possible for them to do more to help themselves.

Conclusions:
GP referral to a specialist service appeared to be highly valued by the participants in this study. The levels of uncertainty expressed by many patients about the nature of CFS/ME raises the issue of the role of information on CFS/ME during the early stages of the illness and suggests a need for more reassurance and positive advice during the waiting period.

Source:
Family Practice, May 9, 2011. PMID: 21555341, by McDermott C, Lynch J, Leydon GM. Primary Medical Care Research Department, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.




Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 



[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Nutritional Supplement Orders

Featured Products

Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health

Natural Remedies

Running on Empty? Fuel Up with NADH Running on Empty? Fuel Up with NADH
D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About D-ficient? Health Risks You Need to Know About
Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More Quercetin: Natural Support for Allergy & Inflammation Relief and More
The Surprising Benefits of Probiotics - What You Didn't Know The Surprising Benefits of Probiotics - What You Didn't Know
When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear When a Negative is Positive - Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS Diagnosis
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE  |  PRIVACY
CONTACT US
LIBRARY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing