I’ve been receiving some great feedback on how pharmacy teams have helped people with M.E. on my blog post Please let me know how your pharmacy helps, which is encouraging.
There’s very little information available for pharmacy professionals about M.E., so I think there’s a need for a resource to provide evidence-based information. I’m hoping it will also help patients to talk to their pharmacy team about their M.E. and the sort of support that they need.
So do you even have any patients with M.E.? The answer to that question is yes, you probably do, even if you’re not aware of it! Although there is no official record of M.E. cases, it’s estimated that there are approximately 250,000 adults and children with the illness in the UK.
Even if a patient isn’t on any medication for M.E. symptom management, you might come across someone with M.E., perhaps when you are carrying out MURs and the NMS. If you’re a person with M.E. wondering what those things are, I have an article about pharmacy services coming up!
I’m working with a national M.E. charity, Action for M.E., as Volunteer Pharmacist, providing information about pharmacy services, writing health and pharmacy related articles and putting together a resource for pharmacy professionals about M.E. For now, to read more about M.E., please visit Action for M.E.’s Get Informed pages.
The resource will be used to create a booklet and we would also like to publish CPD articles and give talks to pharmacy professionals to raise awareness of M.E. and of what you can do to help your patients living with the illness.
Questions from pharmacy professionals so far include:
- How does M.E. impact on quality of life?
- Which systems of the body does M.E. affect?
If you’d like to leave suggestions for the resource for pharmacy professionals, you can leave me a comment below or contact me. We’re also looking for funding ideas for the project, so please let me know if you have any. Please also share this article so that I can also collect some examples from others. If you’re a patient with M.E., you can leave a suggestion on the article What would people with M.E. like to see in a resource for pharmacy professionals?
If those of you that have come across patients with M.E. have any examples of the pharmaceutical care you have given, or ways that your pharmacy team have helped a patient with M.E. in any way, please leave a comment on the post What have you done for your patients with M.E.?
The deadline for submitting your suggestions is 26 October 2015. Although the comment sections on the blog posts will remain open after this date, from that point onwards we will be moving onto the next stage of developing the resource.
Thank you for your interest in our project. Please share this post so that we can gather as many comments as possible.
Emily Beardall MRPharmS
1 Pheby D. How common is M.E.? Action for M.E. InterAction 2008 Winter;66(12). http://www.actionforme.org.uk/get-informed/publications/interaction-magazine/read-selected-ia-articles/what-is-me/how-common-is-me.htm (accessed 30 Jun 2015).