The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in partnership with Lipoedema UK have developed an elearning course for the diagnosis and management of Lipoedema.
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 was often inferred that the patient’s lifestyle may have caused Lipoedema.
Edited by Dr Dirk Pilat, contributors to the 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.
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 letter addressed to your GP informing them of the elearning course and explaining why it is important to obtain a diagnosis.
The course has also been endorsed by the Royal College of Nurses.
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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.