Practice nurses need more education and training on how to care for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), suggest UK researchers.
NICE guidelines recommend that patients with CFS should be managed in primary care, and PNs are increasingly becoming involved in the management of patients with long-term conditions.
But Manchester University researchers – who questioned 29 PNs – found they had very limited knowledge of CFS, and little understanding of the evidence-base for its treatment, particularly psychological therapies.
They also found that some of the nurses had negative attitudes towards patients with CFS, with some describing patients with the condition as ‘lazy’.
‘Training must begin by addressing negative attitudes to patients with CFS,’ the authors said online in the journal BMC Nursing.
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