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Patient survey: Many ER workers lack knowledge of chronic fatigue syndrome

from Psych Central

In the first known study to look at how chronic fatigue syndrome is handled in the emergency department, researchers found that many health care workers have a profound lack of understanding of the disorder and that most CFS patients do not receive proper care in the ED. The study, published in the journal Open Access Emergency Medicine, is based on a novel online questionnaire of CFS patients who rated their perceptions of care in a hospital's emergency department. According to the survey, two out of three respondents reported they either would not go to an ED because they believed they wouldn't be taken seriously, or had previous unsatisfactory experiences. Only a third of patients in the survey said they received appropriate treatment in the ED. more

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