In 2014 a group of medical doctors, lawyers and health care specialists was called for a hearing in the Danish Parliament, to give scientific input for politicians sufficient background to take decisions on brining on a new diagnosis into the Danish health care system, before it was approved by WHO as an individual diagnosable illness.
The diagnosis, Bodily Distress Syndrome, a so-called “Functional illness”, lies in the middle between physical illness and mental illness, in a grey zone defined by the founder, a psychiatrist Per Fink.
Under the BDS diagnosis lies now 30 former physical diagnosis, that are believed to be linked to the autonomic or central nerve system. All of the 30 illnesses were and some are still difficult to diagnose, if only using evidence based medicine (such as in Danish public health care). In 2014 several diagnostic laboratory test tools were under development, that could have prevented the situation. In 2018 4 years after several of the illnesses can be diagnosed by lab tests.
WHIPCON was at the hearing, and founder Marianne Sandberg talks about the danger of overlooking severe brain conditions, such as mild traumatic brain injury in association with whiplash injuries. We recommend seeing the full hearing, which takes 2 hours (in Danish). WHIPCON speaks at time 11.55.43, the last five minutes.
After the hearing, a new epidemiological study DANFUND evaluates possible causes of functional illness and whether there exists one illness. Prior to the new study WHIPCON demanded that monitoring new biomarkers were introduced (molecules to monitor the illness with high with specificity and sensitivity to document the existence of ONE, and not 30 illnesses.
4 years later, Danish whiplash injured patients awaits the results of the FUNDs study. They still get the BDS diagnosis (Functional illness). In 2018 WHIPCON works for gathering all new SCAN methods that reveals the physical whiplash injury. Read more here.