We posted a quick update about our research project before Christmas and indicated that recruitment had already been delayed due to the pandemic. Unfortunately as lockdowns continue, it looks like we will have even further delays.
While this is frustrating, the data collection involves going into the homes of people with ME, and we have to prioritise the safety of all our participants. We will continue to communicate a timescale as and when we have one.
But in more positive news, we heard this week that we had not one, but two poster presentations accepted at the World Physiotherapy Congress 2021, which is a large international scientific congress taking place online in April 2021.
Our first eposter to be presented is: “Survey of people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) to explore their use and experiences of physiotherapy services in the UK”. This sums up our online survey conducted last year, more details of which can be read here.
The second eposter is: “Educating physiotherapists on the implications of Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis during the Covid-19 pandemic: A virtual approach”. We thought we’d highlight the work we have completed during this pandemic and demonstrate how the virtual world can help us to get our messages across (while simultaneously once again getting our message out there!)
So though the pandemic is causing us delays in some areas, it continues to provide us with amazing opportunities to reach more colleagues, both in the UK and across the world.