Research description

Title: In Search of Improvement of the Investigation of Persistent Non-Malignant Somatic Nervous Disorders in Primary Healthcare

The project is a clinical study at the Bragée ME-Center in Stockholm, where patients with suspected myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are evaluated. Study variables are those included in the clinic’s routine assessment, such as the area of symptoms and quality of life (measured with pain drawing and EQ5D).

The overall aim of the PhD project is to contribute to the development of improved management and diagnostic process in primary healthcare for conditions such as ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, and persistent symptoms after head and neck trauma. Other aims are to describe the occurrence of cervical nerve involvement among patients who are investigated for ME/CFS, and examine the usability of a pain drawing as a diagnostic tool. Project benefits are that a pain analysis will be made more frequently and in a more structured way for these patients. Eventually this can get the right treatment as soon as possible to people with chronic and hard to treat conditions.