Review: 'Through the Shadowlands’ describes Julie Rehmeyer's ME/CFS Odyssey
I should note at the outset that this review is based on an audio version of the galleys and the epilogue from the finished work. Julie Rehmeyer sent me the final version as a PDF, but for some reason my text to voice software (Kurzweil) had issues with it. I understand that it is...
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Mental health and behavioural conditions account for nearly one-in-three known fit notes

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by RogerBlack, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. RogerBlack

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    This is interesting as it's unlikely that CFS was ever mapped as ICD-10 G93.3, nor perhaps ME or PVFS.
     
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    By the time I had a formal diagnosis, I had long stopped getting sick notes as they used to be known. By that stage I had been interviewed for Incapacity Benefit and the GP didn't have to keep filling them out. My early sick notes described by condition as "general debility". I had TATT written in big letters on the folder for my medical notes. I assume that figures in this report do not include people who have been through the rigours of getting ESA.
     
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    I'm not saying that it is a perfect system.
    However, a largish fraction of those who have a CFS diagnosis and then need to either apply for benefit, or are having work issues, will need a sicknote.

    This would give a very crude 'incidence' rate - if you estimate benefit on-flow + working + school age population, even if there was no other info.

    (incidence in quotes, as it's diagnosis by GP, often)
     
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    The point of my post is that I did have sick notes but not a diagnosis of ME/CFS. Many people wait a long time for a diagnosis and they may well, like me, have had to progress into the ESA system. It means that many people who get a diagnosis of ME/CFS will never show up in records of sick or fit notes.
     
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    @JohnCB This is the same for me. Got ME/CFS diagnosis just after I gave up work.
     
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    Sorry, I was unclear - it provides a lower incidence of people that could be diagnosed as CFS using the criteria of GPs that diagnose CFS.
    (if that makes sense).
    It is both unclear on the low end (missed diagnosis) and on the upper end (misdiagnosis), as well as 'more important' comorbidities.
     

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