Norges ME-forening represents over five thousand ME patients in Norway.
The Norges ME-forening web site contains news, events, information and details of what is happening in Norway regarding ME/CFS.
Norway's ME-association (NMEF) is a life-view and party-political independent patient organization that since 1987 has worked to secure and promote ME-affected rights within the public support system. The association assists ME-sick and relatives with information and advice, and works to provide documentation, including through scientifically based research, on the causes, investigation and treatment of ME.
NMEF supports a biomedical approach to ME, among other things based on the fact that ME was already defined in 1969 as a neurological disorder by the World Health Organization (WHO), with diagnosis code G93.3. NMEF has for all years supported biomedical research, investigation and treatment, as long as it is and has been based on scientific documentation.
The opposite of the biomedical standpoint is the notion that ME is a psychosomatic disorder to be treated psychiatrically, with cognitive behavioral therapy and progressive exercise. The scientific evidence that this treatment helps ME patients is qualitatively very poor. NMEF finds no evidence to support this work.
NMEF works to ensure that everyone who is to be investigated for ME receives an investigation based on the Canadian criteria from 2003. ("Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Clinical Working Case Definition, Diagnostic and Treatment Guidelines - A Consensus Document", Carruthers B et al. , published in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 11 (1): 7-115, 2003). New biotechnology research methods have made it easier to detect physiological abnormalities that can be treated in ME patients.
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- Secretary General
- Olav Osland