Medical Provider Library
A collection of publications, videos, posts and links to online resources helpful to healthcare providers treating those with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia.
Fewer than one-third of medical school curricula and less than half of medical textbooks include information about ME/CFS. Although many health care providers are aware of ME/CFS, they may lack essential knowledge about how to diagnose and treat it. Patients are left with no resources to help them work through the symptoms of this debilitating disease.
Dr. Lucinda Bateman was part of the IOM committee that redefined this illness. She has seen hundreds of patients and has years of experience that she is willing to share with other healthcare providers to help them understand how to work with these patients.
BHC Resources for Patients, Families & Healthcare Providers:
In Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness, Dr. Bateman and her co-committee members proposed new diagnostic criteria that can be used in the real world by medical professionals so that patients can be diagnosed and receive much-needed treatment. Our hope is that it will also serve to enhance understanding among health care providers and the public.
The 304-page landmark report, “Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness”, was released on February 10, 2015. Access the full publication, key facts and presentation at the National Academy of Medicine's ME/CFS site.
The International Association for CFS and ME (IACFSME) convened a committee of experts to write, ME/CFS: A Primer for Clinical Practitioners. The goal is to provide the information necessary to understand, diagnose, and manage the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome — also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS). The text was developed by consensus of the primer committee - of which Dr. Bateman was a member.
Where published studies are lacking, the recommendations are based on the clinical expertise of the experienced practitioners involved. Our hope is that you will provide a hard copy or a link to this online resource to your care providers; and that they, in turn, will find the primer to be a useful adjunct to their practice and a worthy addition to their reference library.