A new booklet from Invest in ME Research –
A condition such as ME presents not only a challenge to the patient who receives the diagnosis, nor only to the family where a child or partner contracts the illness. It tests the values and the fabric of a community. How does the community react?
The reactions and experiences describe how prepared or willing it is to overcome the challenges and support the patient with ME.
A condition such as ME presents not only a challenge to the patient who receives the diagnosis, nor only to the family where a child or partner contracts the illness.
Thanks to funding from an Awards for All grant Invest in ME Research have been able to have printed a small booklet that the team has produced giving an overview of how ME affects a community.
The booklet can be downloaded as a pdf file by clicking here.
From page 3 –
What is ME?
ME is a multisystem, complex, acquired illness with symptoms related mainly to the dysfunction of the brain, gastro-intestinal, immune, endocrine and cardiac systems. ME has been classified as a neurological disorder in the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases since 1969.
The Chief Medical Officer's Report issued in January 2002, recognised that ME "should be classed as a chronic condition with long term effects on health, alongside other illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease”. Similarly the Institute of Medicine report of 2015 stated that ME is “a serious, chronic, complex, multisystem disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected patients.”