NICE guidelines on ME/CFS – research outcomes

Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow, who is the Liberal Democrat chief whip in the Commons, put down a written question for the Health Secretary about research outcomes of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance clinical practice guides for ME/CFS, which were published in the Autumn of last year. He received a written reply yesterday (29 April) from Dawn Primarolo, the Minster of State for Public Health. Text below:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that recommendations for research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome set out in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines are met in respect of (a) the causes of the illness, (b) the clinical and cost effectiveness of intervention strategies and (c) identifying efficient ways to deliver domiciliary care for people who are severely affected. [201793]

Dawn Primarolo: Research recommendations made in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines are considered on behalf of the Department by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme (HTA). The director of the HTA programme meets annually with NICE for this purpose. The next of these joint meetings will be held in September.

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