Guest post by Rob Shaw
This week saw two articles released about ME. One was about fairly poor piece of research that got lots of press attention; the other was a draft National Institutes for Health (NIH) report in the US.
The first one, Rehabilitative therapies for chronic fatigue syndrome: a secondary mediation analysis of the PACE trial in The Lancet Psychiatry reported on an additional analysis of data from a trial called PACE, and concluded that “Our main finding was that fear avoidance beliefs were the strongest mediator for both CBT and GET”, which in plain English means they think that one of the treatments tested – Graded Exercise Treatment – was less effective than it could have been because some participants were afraid that exercise would make their condition worse.
This spawned several very naively written articles in the media such as:
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