Spare me from crystal therapy and ‘take this supplement’ advocates
But ‘self help’ can be really helpful, and the newly formed College of Medicine has set out to ‘integrate’ genuine patients with doctors, surgeons, therapists, MDTs etc. and give sensible advice about how patients can find things out for themselves.
They have set up The Integrated Self Care in Family Practice Project, which is producing a series of leaflets designed to give sensible, no-nonsense advice. So far they have produced leaflets on Back Pain, Fatigue, Sleep Problems etc. and coming up are Headaches, Migraine, Stress, etc.
As a patient you can register and have your say about the information they are producing, and hopefully in the future have more say, as a patient, in consultations, conferences, etc.
Try the leaflets (you can read them online) and register on www.gpscl.info