Sunday, March 08, 2009

Nurses Need Training on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This is not surprising, but, still, a little shocking (how can something be shocking but not surprising? Not sure, but that's how this information hits me).

A study conducted by researchers in the UK found that PN's, or practice nurses (I don't know if this is synonymous to our registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, or certified nursing assistants) are becoming increasingly greater involved when it comes to the healthcare management of patients who have long-term conditions that are being managed in primary care, such as chronic fatigue.

Despite this fact, however, nurses who were surveyed knew little about chronic fatigue or current medical opinion regarding its treatment. Even worse, some of the surveyed nurses evidenced attitudes toward their chronic fatigue patients that could only be described as hostile and, certainly, unhelpful with regard to promoting optimum care. Some even described their CFS patients as lazy.

None of this is surprising, of course. When I was a disability examiner working on social security disability and SSI disability cases, I found it fairly routine that DDS workers (disability determination services) would denigrate individual who were filing on the basis of conditions for which the etiology is unclear, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and chronic pain. Still, we tend to expect more from those who provide treatment. And, sadly, perhaps this is expecting too much.

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Blogger cinderkeys said...

I think I remember this study. If it's the same one you're citing, the horrifying thing wasn't just that the nurses were bad at dealing with ME/CFS patients ... it was that they were being told that ME/CFS was a psychological disorder. It's not.

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