James Dornan, SMP for Glasgow Cathcart (Scottish National Party), tabled a question asking whether the Scottish Government will provide an update on the implementation of the Canadian guidelines on the clinical, symptomatic definition of ME/CFS – as recommended in the Scottish Public Health Network report, Health Care Needs Assessment of Services for people living with ME-CFS.
In his written answer on 3 December 2012, Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson replied:
Since the needs assessment was published, a synthesis of the best available evidence, including evidence drawn from people’s experience, to assist with the differential diagnosis and clinical management in primary care of adults with ME-CFS has been presented in the Scottish Good Practice Statement on ME-CFS, our key document on the management of ME-CFS in primary care.
The Good Practice Statement sets out Scottish Government’s position on diagnostic criteria for ME-CFS. The statement recognises that a number of definitions have been proposed for ME-CFS, including the Oxford (1991), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC – Fukuda 1994) the Canadian Consensus Document (2003) and NICE Guideline (2007) and as yet, no one set has been universally agreed.