Long Covid at the crossroads: Comparisons and lessons from the treatment of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)

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Hunt, Joanne, Blease, C. and Geraghty, K. 2022. Long Covid at the crossroads: Comparisons and lessons from the treatment of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Journal of Health Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/13591053221084494
AuthorsHunt, Joanne, Blease, C. and Geraghty, K.
Abstract

Whilst parallels have been drawn between Long Covid and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), there is a well-documented history of negative stereotyping and marginalisation of patients with ME/CFS. A socio-politically oriented comparison of scientific, clinical and societal responses to Long Covid and ME/CFS is thus important to prevent similar harms arising among Long Covid patients. We identify four reasons for injustices in the treatment of ME/CFS patients, and discuss the risk of Long Covid following a similar trajectory. We conclude with policy and practice recommendations to help prevent such injustices arising again, including consideration of critical reflexivity in medical education.

Keywordslong Covid; chronic fatigue syndrome ; marginalisation ; critical reflexivity ; medical education
Year2022
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
PublisherSAGE Journals
ISSN1461-7277
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/13591053221084494
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/13591053221084494
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Deposited28 Jun 2022
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