When we fall ill, the first thing most of us do is make an appointment to see a physician. We go to these appointments with the expectation that we will be diagnosed and treated, and that our physicians will be both knowledgeable and caring. However, patients with complex illnesses such as Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS often feel frustrated after visits with their physicians.
Recently, the British charity, Action for ME, conducted a survey of more than 2000 patients. The aim of the survey was to assess patient care in the UK. Not surprisingly, most respondents reported feeling less than satisfied with the care they had received.
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“Less than a third said their GP was well or very well informed about M.E./CFS, and nearly half said the service they provided was poor or very poor. GPs themselves have also identified the challenges they face with regards to M.E./CFS. The most frequently cited barriers to health care were lack of followup/ongoing care and lack of specialists in the respondent’s area.”
ProHealth would like to know more about your experience with physicians. Have your doctors been helpful? Are you receiving good care from your physicians?
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