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The British Association for CFS/ME (BACME) is a multidisciplinary organisation for professionals in the UK who are "involved in the evidence-based management of patients with CFS/ME".[1] BACME has a close relationship with the UK CMRC.[2]

Aims[edit | edit source]

BACME states that its purpose is to "promote and support the delivery of evidence-based treatment for children, young people, and adults with CFS/ME in the UK".

BACME Executive[edit | edit source]

The BACME Executive included the following members in 2018

The BACME Executive aims to have representatives from each of the following professions:

  • clinical psychologists
  • dieticians
  • GPs
  • liaison psychiatrists
  • doctors
  • nurses
  • occupational health practitioners
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • or other primary care workers[4]

According to the constitution, the BACME aims to have representatives in each of the following areas: Northern, North, East & West Yorkshire, Liverpool & Mersey, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire & North Derbyshire, East Midlands, West Midlands & Birmingham, East Anglia, North London & Essex & Sussex & Hertfordshire, South West London & Surrey (Sutton), Dorset & Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Avon & Wiltshire & Somerset, South-West Peninsula (Cornwall and Devon).[4]

BACME Members[edit | edit source]

In 2018, BACME reported that it had 131 members.[5] The current Chair of BACME is Gabrielle Murphy. Other notable members include Esther Crawley, who both presented at the BACME 2018 annual conference, PACE trial author Lucy V Clark, and NICE guidelines review committee members Gabrielle Murphy and Mike Beadsworth.[5]

Membership is open to clinicians and researchers, including psychologists, medical doctors, managers, students and physiotherapists.[2]

BACME influence on NHS and NICE[edit | edit source]

The BACME were stakeholders in the 2007 and 2017 NICE guidelines consultations. The Guideline Development Group (GDG) that produced the 2007 NICE guidelines included Esther Crawley, who was BACME Chair.

The current NICE guidelines review group, due to publish the guidelines in 2012, includes BACME executive member Mike Beadsworth and current Chair Gabrielle Murphy, and may include other BACME members.

Biopsychosocial model[edit | edit source]

BACME promotes the controversial NICE guidelines, which strongly recommend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Graded Exercise Therapy, both of which are very unpopular with patients.[6]

Contact details[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

Therapy and Symptom Management Guide - BACME

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "BACME". 
  2. 2.02.1 "BACME membership form". Retrieved Jan 13, 2019. 
  3. "BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR CFS/ME (BACME) Minutes of General Meeting, Liverpool. 15th March 2018"Free access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. Apr 2018. 
  4. 4.04.1 "The Constitution of the British Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME (BACME)" (PDF). Oct 2013. Retrieved Jan 24, 2018. 
  5. 5.05.1 "Minutes of General Meeting, Liverpool. 15th March 2018, 12.30 P.M."Free access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. Retrieved Jan 9, 2019. 
  6. "Therapy and Symptom Management Guide" (PDF). Retrieved Jan 13, 2019. 

NICE guidelines - Clinical guidelines used in the UK.

biopsychosocial model (BPS) - A school of thought, usually based in psychology, which claims illness and disease to be the result of the intermingling of biological, psychological and social causes. (Learn more: Biopsychosocial model

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