Announcing the Launch of Doctors with M.E.

July 8, 2021


Mission and Values

To improve patient outcomes worldwide by empowering medics, scientists and policymakers with up-to-date practices and scientific rigour, fostering collaboration between professionals, the industries they serve, patients and the public.

To build a future where every surgery, hospital, agency, insurance provider and employer is enabled with accurate information that supports their patients, clients, shareholders and wider stakeholders.

About DwME

Doctors with M.E. empowers medics, scientists, industry and policymakers with evidence based practices and scientific rigour, distributing regionally produced content to a global audience. As the international umbrella body representing our professions, we bring the state of the art to ME medical practice, research and policy.

News

Statement from the Countess of Mar (Extract):

“I am truly heartened by the formation of Doctors with ME. Their appearance has been like a dream come true for me. They have the understanding and drive to take ME into the world of real medicine based on the foundation of their personal experiences, knowledge, and ability to communicate. Thanks to them, I am sure that very soon people with ME will feel as positive as I do about their own future. It may take a while to complete the transformation, as entrenched views need to be countered, but it will happen.”

Statement: Countess of Mar on Doctors with M.E.- 04.07.21

Statement from DwME on the Draft NICE Guideline for ME/CFS (Extract):

“Doctors with M.E. (DwME) welcomes and supports this change in treatment recommendations, and we await publication of the final guideline in August 2021. NICE undertook an extensive evidence review and consultation process that involved a wide range of stakeholders, including many clinical experts and patient groups.

“DwME fully supports NICE’s decision to no longer recommend GET as treatment for ME/CFS. Unstructured exercise or exercise programmes developed for the rehabilitation of patients with other conditions are also not recommended. There is now considerable evidence showing that GET is an ineffective treatment for ME/CFS. Furthermore, there is widespread evidence that GET is harmful – ME/CFS patients suffer a worsening of symptoms and/or chronic deterioration in disease severity after undertaking GET.

“We concur that CBT is not a treatment or cure. Psycho-behavioural therapies are premised on a refuted model in which ME/CFS is the result of patients holding on to ‘false illness beliefs’ and is perpetuated by patient’s ‘fear avoidance of exercise’. This ‘biopsychosocial model’ of ME/CFS has arguably led to decades of acrimony between the medical professionals who advocate this approach and patients, which has caused considerable distress to many people living with ME/CFS worldwide…”

Statement from DwME on the draft NICE Guideline for ME/CFS – 02.07.21

Board of Governance

  • Founder: Dr. K.N. Hng MBChB, MRCP, PG Cert in WBME, FHEA.
  • Director: Dr. Nina Muirhead BA(Oxon), BMBCh(Oxon), MRCS, DOHNS, MEd, PGDipDerm.
  • Director: Dr. Keith Geraghty BSc, BSc, PgDip, MPH, PhD.
  • Chair and Business Strategy Advisor: Dr. Richard Ramyar LLB (Merit), MBA, PhD, ACE, PCA.

Honorary Fellows

Include:

  • Dr. Charles Shepherd, Honorary Medical Adviser to the UK ME Association, frequent government advisor, co-author, leading ME clinical reference book.
  • Dr. Nigel Speight, Paediatric physician, co- author, International Consensus Criteria, co-author, Pediatric Primer in Frontiers in Pediatrics, Advisor, 25% ME Group
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