Following the discovery from Lipoedema UK’s Big Survey 2014 that only 5% of women completing the survey had been diagnosed by their GP. Lipoedema UK and The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) developed an elearning course for the diagnosis and management of Lipoedema. The course has also been endorsed by the Royal College of Nurses.
Lipoedema UK’s survey also highlighted the women’s frustration of decades of describing their symptoms to numerous health care professionals only to have their concerns brushed aside. This failure to obtain an early diagnosis and lost opportunity to obtain advice and treatment in the early stages, were also often accompanied by a dismissive attitude and lack of understanding of the problems the women were facing, especially when it was inferred that the patient’s lifestyle may have been the cause Lipoedema.
Edited by Dr Dirk Pilat, contributors to the RCGP’s e learning course include the UK’s leading expert on Lipoedema Professor Peter Mortimer, Dr Sarah Pledger, Lipoedema UK’s Suzanne Evans, Sharie Fetzer and Nurse Consultants Chris Wise and Denise Hardy.
For anyone who feels they have Lipoedema but are unsure on how to approach their GP, Lipoedema UK Membership pack includes a GP Information pack to provide your GP with information on the course and other resources such as the UK Best Practice Guide for the Management of Lipoedema and why it is important to obtain a diagnosis and early treatment.
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Sponsoring this elearning course is one of the ways Lipoedema UK are working with the medical profession to change the landscape for Lipoedema patients.