Eileen Marshall and Margaret Williams:
It is well-known that NICE limits itself to so-called “evidence-based” medicine, a reliance upon Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs). In the case of ME/CFS in the UK these are limited to trials carried out by psychiatrists of the Wessely School.
NICE ignores not only patients’ experience and input, but also the experience and input of non-psychiatrist researchers and clinicians with vast scientific and clinical experience of the biomedical nature of the disorder.
The outcome of the NICE Guidelines is thus a foregone conclusion: its remit seems to have been deliberately designed to exclude the empirical knowledge base. Read more>>