ME now recognised as a chronic illnessOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Health professionals have been told to recognise Chronic Fatigue Syndromeand Myalgic Encephalomyelitis as a chronic illness. The Government-backed independent working group into the condition, whichpublished its report in January, also said early recognition of the conditionwith a positive diagnosis was the key to improving the outcome. While it identified GPs as key carers of patients with the condition, itadmitted patients often had difficulties accessing care. There was also a lackof good research on the condition. Professor Allen Hutchinson, chairman of the working group, said: “Wehave achieved agreement on many aspects of care for people with CFS/ME, eventhough some differences of opinion remain over the best ways of managing theillness.” The DOH has asked the Medical Research Council to develop a broad strategyfor advancing biomedical and health services research on the condition. www.doh.gov.uk/cmo/publications.htm Related posts:No related photos.