Carolyn Chew-Graham*, Rebecca Dixon, Jonathan W Shaw, Nina Smyth, Karina Lovell and Sarah Peters
Corresponding author: Carolyn Chew-Graham email@example.com
BMC Nursing 2009, 8:2 doi:10.1186/1472-6955-8-2
(2009-03-05 15:15) Warwickshire Network for ME
Given the prevalence of CFS/ME amongst healthcare professionals we were dismayed to
read some of the Practice Nurses' comments highlighted in this paper. However, it
was also striking that five of what patients will perceive to be the most inflammatory
and ill-informed comments were all actually attributed to a single Practice Nurse
(no 26) - possibly casting some doubt over the representative nature of this particular
paper. Generally though we would agree that there remains an imperative for [appropriate]
training, particularly in the field of severe ME - something that initiatives such
as the 2009 Invest in ME International ME/CFS biomedical London conference appear
well designed to address. Duncan Cox
(2009-02-11 10:43) NHS
It is rather ironic that practice nurses have negative attitudes to people with ME/CFS,
when it is widely believed that Florence Nightingale herself suffered from the condition
on her return from the Crimean War, after suffering from a severe infectious illness!
Nurses and doctors are also in the highest risk groups for getting the condition in
the here and now.
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