Monday, February 2, 2015

Survey Establishes Need for ME/CFS Centers of Excellence



Wanted: Patient Participation in Quality of ME/CFS Medical Care Survey

The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee’s Centers of Excellence Working Group invites the participation of all ME/CFS patients, 18 years of age and older, worldwide, but particularly within the United States, to participate in an online survey the purpose of which is to determine the ease of patient access to ME/CFS Specialists and to assess the quality of medical care received by individuals with ME/CFS from all of their healthcare providers. While it is of primary importance to establish the quality of care received by patients on a country-by-country basis, the intent of this survey is to establish the need for improved care within the United States based upon the quality of their care when compared to that of other illnesses within the United States, and based upon the comparison of their care to that received elsewhere in the world. The more robust the patient participation in this survey, the more significant the data and the more convincing the results drawn from it will be. We are hoping to obtain a minimum of 1,000 respondents in the United States. If you know ME/CFS patients, please encourage their participation. The results of this survey will inform us of the magnitude of need for ME/CFS Centers of Excellence, the services they should provide, and where they should be located.

This online survey is anonymous. Participant identity will not be revealed. Patients will be asked about their experiences with: access to ME/CFS specialists, barriers to access to ME/CFS specialists, the quality of care they have received from ME/CFS specialists, and the quality of care they have received from healthcare providers who are not ME/CFS specialists.

Patients will be asked to provide information, anonymously, about their current living circumstances (such as age, gender, and employment status), their ME/CFS diagnosis, ability to perform tasks of daily living, and illness onset characteristics. Patients will be provided with an opportunity to describe their medical care in their own words.

To access the survey please follow the link: https://redcap.is.depaul.edu/surveys/?s=wGI2stCALK

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