Royal College of General Practitioners elearning course on Lipoedema
All UK GPs and health care professionals have access the to a free elearning course on the diagnosis and management of Lipoedema produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in partnership with Lipoedema UK.
Lipoedema UK’s Big Survey 2014 revealed that only 5% of doctors were aware of lipoedema. Most women reported on the frustration of decades of describing their symptoms to numerous health care professionals only to have their concerns brushed aside. This led to a failure to obtain an early diagnosis and lost opportunity to obtain advice and treatment in the early stages. Consistent lack of diagnosis can also lead to emotional problems and loss of self-esteem, especially as it is often inferred that the patient’s lifestyle may be a cause of the symptoms.
The course has also been endorsed by the Royal College of Nurses and is free to all UK health professionals. There is a small charge of £25 for overseas applicants.
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Improving the lives of those living with Lipoedema is Lipoedema UK’s mission.
Sponsoring this elearning course is one of the concrete ways that we’re working with the medical profession to change the landscape for Lipoedema suffer.
Dr Dirk Pilat was the editor of the course and contributors to the course included the UK’s leading expert on Lipoedema our Patron, Professor Peter Mortimer with Lipoedema UK’s Suzanne Evans, Sharie Fetzer Chris Wise and Denise Hardy on the advisory team which also included Dr Sarah Pledger.
Lipoedema UK Membership pack includes a GP Information pack for anyone who feels they have the symptoms of lipoedema but are unsure how to approach their GP. We provide a personal letter addressed to your GP informing them of the elearning course and explaining why it is important to obtain a diagnosis.
British Journal of Community Nursing article May 2015 – Early lipoedema diagnosis and the RCGP e-learning course