Behavioral Therapies Compared

This large study compared four treatment approaches in 641 patients using Oxford, CDC and London criteria for CFS and ME. The study reported modest benefits following a six-month course of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or graded exercise therapy (GET) compared to specialized medical care alone or adaptive pacing therapy, based on improvement in self-reported symptom scores. There were no biological measures taken during the study to correlate with the results and media reports greatly exaggerated the small gains made by some participants in self-report measures. (Lancet, Feb. 18, 2011) The Association published an analysis of and commentary on the study and submitted a letter to the editor of Lancet.

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