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Healthwise to "retire the GET/CBT topics" from medical content

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One of my personal advocacy projects for the past 16 months has been to try to have Healthwise remove the GET and CBT modules from their ME/CFS content.

Healthwise provides medical content for many major healthcare corporations in the United States, including Kaiser Permanente with its 13 million members.

Over the past 16 months, whenever a paper, letter, or Tuller blog post about GET/CBT appeared, I would send it off to Healthwise, asking them to consider removing GET/CBT from their ME/CFS content.

Last year, after pressure by myself and others, Healthwise downgraded GET/CBT as treatments for ME/CFS. But these modules were still included in their ME/CFS content.

Today, I got a Twitter direct message from Healthwise, soon after sending them FrankTwisk's excellent letter to The Lancet. From the message, the recent clinician summit in Salt Lake City influenced them significantly.

Healthwise will be modifying their ME/CFS content fall of 2018, including retiring the GET/CBT topics from the ME/CFS section!

It will likely take a few more months for major healthcare organizations to refresh their websites with the updated Healthwise content.

Below is the anonymized Twitter direct message from my email inbox.

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@Webdogdo they syndicate their content? I did a web audit for a couple dozen medical center sites last year... Many had the same CFS content, so it seemed syndicated.. Not sure what the origin is, though..
Yes. At the bottom of the pages, you should see the trademarked Healthwise logo, a copyright statement, and the names of the content reviewers.

For example, here are the current GET/CBT Healthwise modules on the Kaiser Permanente website:

GET - https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.or...ncyclopedia&ctype=kb&locale=en-us&hwid=zx1021
CBT - https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.or...ncyclopedia&ctype=kb&locale=en-us&hwid=zx1040

Prior to the web, healthcare providers used to give out booklets with Healthwise content to patients. Perhaps some still do.
 

ebethc

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Yes. At the bottom of the pages, you should see the trademarked Healthwise logo, a copyright statement, and the names of the content reviewers.

For example, here are the current GET/CBT Healthwise modules on the Kaiser Permanente website:

GET - https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.or...ncyclopedia&ctype=kb&locale=en-us&hwid=zx1021
CBT - https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.or...ncyclopedia&ctype=kb&locale=en-us&hwid=zx1040

Prior to the web, healthcare providers used to give out booklets with Healthwise content to patients. Perhaps some still do.

How often do those websites update their content from health wise? Do u know if their agreement w health wise requires them to stay updated?

Thanks
 

Neunistiva

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If you'd like to thank Healthwise for committing to remove the GET/CBT modules from their ME/CFS content, they have a "Contact Us" page. Healthwise deserves a big thanks for taking this step towards better care for ME/CFS patients.

https://www.healthwise.org/contact.aspx
I can't thank them because my country is not listed and they require a phone number, so I can't just pick a random country. Is there another way to thank them?
 
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Graded Exercise Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are no longer recommended in the Healthwise content for ME/CFS on the Kaiser Permanente website. Yay!

See for yourself at this link:

https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.or...halomyelitis-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.hw32907

That said, 3 issues remain that I'm working with Healthwise and Kaiser Permanente to resolve: