An educational DVD and accompanying booklet, entitled SETing the Pace, aims to teach the basic concepts of pacing, a technique which is being increasingly recognized as an effective treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. The DVD and booklet – now being used by occupational therapists in the UK – explain how pacing (carefully managing energy expenditure to stay within a personal ‘energy envelope’ to avoid a post-exertion ‘crash’) can help sufferers take control of the condition and improve their quality of life.
The DVD stars seven Shropshire residents who suffer from ME/CFS. They talk about their daily lives and experiences, and how pacing has helped them to have more control over their condition.
To View Clips from the Video
Clips from the DVD for ME/CFS pacing (and a similar DVD for stroke patients), can be viewed at the film production company’s site – www.ruralmedia.co.uk.
To Purchase the DVD/Ask Questions
The DVD and booklet, priced at £10 including postage and packing [if delivered in the UK] is available by calling Emma Davies, Shropshire Enablement Team, on 01743 261419 or e-mail Emma.Davies@telfordpct.nhs.uk
To Read Nursing Times Article on the DVD
An article published Nov 13 by NursingTimes.net provides more information on the concept of pacing, how occupational therapists are employing the SETing the Pace DVD/booklet as part of ME/CFS courses & discussions, and positive results to date. (See “Using a DVD to help people with chronic fatigue syndrome learn the technique of pacing.”)