Royal College of General Practitioners

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The Royal College of General Practitioners (Royal College of GPs, or RCGP) is the main professional body for UK doctors who work as General Practitioners (GPs).[1]. GPs are the first point of contact for all non-emergency health problems in the British NHS. The Royal College of GPs is a highly influential organization within the United Kingdom, and members normally invited to contribute to the development of the NICE guidelines, which are used to aid diagnosis and treatment of health conditions within the NHS.

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RCGP and ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

The RCGP describes ME/CFS as medically unexplained symptoms rather than a neurological illness, meaning the RCGP is at odds with the NHS and UK government position, which follows the World Health Organization classification system.

SNOWMED, the GP computer system, now classifies myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome and post-viral fatigue syndrome as neurological rather than psychological conditions.

METRIC[edit | edit source]

METRIC is a training course about myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome provided by the Royal College of General Practitioners and aimed at UK GPs. METRIC was written in 2012, before the release of key data about the PACE trial, and promotes the biopsychosocial model of understanding for ME/CFS. As a result, METRIC encourages the use of the controversial cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy as treatments.

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  1. "Royal College of General Practitioners | RCGP". Retrieved February 20, 2019.